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Brief Published: 19 Dec 2011

Melbourne’s Electrical Bar Ampere


Wading in on the trend for hospitality hotspots off the beaten track is Bar Ampere in Melbourne, Australia – one of the city’s quirkiest new venues.

Designed by local studio BG Architecture, the bar is set in a former electrical substation. Exposed brick walls and steel detailing give a nod to early 20th century futurist architecture and industrialism, while the interior styling is best described as eclectic.

Key features include internationally sourced fittings such as glove moulds that hold suspended lights, US Army chairs, a sweep of antique French wine bottles arranged to create a glass wall, and a bespoke lighting fixture titled Sputnik, made from a vintage hairdresser’s heat lamp. Electricity metres adorn walls in place of conventional art.

Changing the interior pace from one area to another, a smaller room towards the back of the main bar offers customers a more laid back setting, thanks to dimmed lighting, a bar crafted from an old piano, and rocking chairs. Beyond lies a (secret) rear door, which leads to the owner’s neighbouring martini bar.

Bar Ampere

BG Architecture