The Rook


Keystone Group


York Street,
Sydney CBD


Brompton Group


8 Weeks


December 2012

Bar Fitout and Refurbishment

The project and the viability of the bar was under real threat. What we asked of The Building Guild was all but impossible and they responded with a workable solution which didn’t threaten the design. Best of all, they delivered and we’d be happy to work with them again.

– Paul Schulte,
Keystone Group

The Rook bar and restaurant is a wonderful story of opportunity meeting entrepreneurship in the Sydney CBD. Our client, the famed Keystone Group (Cargo Bar, Bungalow 8, The Sugar Mill, The Winery, The Gazebo and The Newtown Hotel to name a few), came across the York Street loft site while it was in a state of disrepair. Perched atop a commercial building, the small, but heavily themed space is now one of Sydney’s hottest rooftop bars, featuring recycled timber panelling and exposed steel fused with moody lighting to Sydney’s own New York loft style bar. The entire project was delivered in only eight weeks with design being developed as existing code non-compliances were rectified and long lead-time items procured. The project team worked closely under a fluid and flexible arrangement, spending large amounts of time on site every week tweaking the design and making changes as we worked to make sure the final result met Keystone’s vision for the project. A key feature of the project involved creating an open air / loft space which allows cool air into the bar and delivered an element of connection with the city in that famous New York style. The rave reviews from online restaurant bloggers and bar critics speak for themselves. Clientele love the food and beverages as much as they love the built environment, with many astonished that a bar like this, so simple and stunning, has been brought to life in Sydney’s CBD.