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Brief Published: 20 Jun 2011

Speedy Design Makes for Beach Bar Brilliance


Australian architect Paul Burnham has proved that good things can also come to those who don't wait, with the super-speedy redesign of Clancy’s Fish Bar on Perth’s City Beach.

Described by Burnham as “theatrical”, the ultra-colourful revamp of the restaurant space – which was acquired by its new owners in November last year, opening just two months later – takes inspiration from the beachfront on which it's based.

Pitch-black ceilings provide a stark backdrop for wildly colourful, oversized fabric chandeliers and slatted timber chairs, similarly daubed with bright coloured paint – all of which conjures up a carnival-like ambience.

Elsewhere, the seaside has had a more literal influence. Lights created from the shells of sea anemones and old lobster pots are littered throughout a space created with a fun, family-oriented atmosphere in mind.

Paul Burnham