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The Rook

CLIENT:

Keystone Group

PROJECT LOCATION:

York Street,
Sydney CBD

ARCHITECT:

Brompton Group

PROGRAMME:

8 Weeks

COMPLETION:

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. Keystone Group (Cargo Bar, Bungalow 8, The Sugar Mill, The Winery, The Gazebo and The Newtown Hotel), 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 one of Sydney’s unique rooftop bars, featuring recycled timber panelling and exposed steel fused with moody lighting to Sydney’s own New York loft style bar. The project delivering in eight weeks, 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. With many surprised that a bar like this, so simple and stunning, has been brought to life in Sydney’s CBD.