The Sydney Opera House’s famed Bennelong restaurant space has been reinvented by Peter Gilmore and The Fink Group. Profile Property were engaged to transform the space after it was announced Fink Group had signed a 10-year agreement with the Sydney Opera House to take over the iconic dining room. Following the successful transformations of Otto’s and The Bridge Room for the Fink Group, Profile were engaged to oversee all aspects of the project including co-orindating and managing the onsite construction works. Tight security and heritage constraints were an ever present feature of working at the iconic site, meaning construction had to be managed sensitively to ensure all stakeholders were satisfied.
One of the highlights of this project included the installation of the ‘open sesame’ stair and platform which facilitates disabled access to the dining level for the first time ever at Bennelong; see video here. Profile also reengineered and reused one of the original 800kg precast concrete panels to create a secret, vertically pivoting entrance to the kitchen.
The Opera House build was done in collaboration with one of Australia’s acclaimed architectural practices Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. Profile worked hard to achieve their vision for the project which included brass and felt details, tables designed by TGZ and manufactured by Profile and several wonderful light trees, also manufactured by Profile with British designer Tom Dixon’s light fittings used at the end.
Profile Property Group would like to congratulate Bennelong being awarded Best new restaurant at the 2016 SMH Good Food Guide awards.