Entrenched history dating back to 1838, the modern adaptation of this iconic department store’s food hall located on the lower ground of David Jones Elizabeth Street is revived into a gourmet marketplace of “old meets new”, bringing the finest craftsmanship in modern interior detailing to life.

The concept of the food hall was to integrate the original history and features of the building and align these with the current needs and aesthetic of the gastronomic consumer. David Jones iconography is subtlety dispersed throughout the space.

Original brass balustrades down the marble stairs are re-introduced throughout material choices in the kiosk designs and the historic hand forged lift doors elevating to the upper levels are retained as decorative wall panelling. This then juxtaposed against a modern monochromatic colour scheme of white, black and grey for products to sit against a clean, fresh, natural palette. Low ceilings and an unknown structure derived through years of historic renovations made the space challenging to plan. A hands-on approach was required, adapting with the building throughout the process. Exposed ceilings kept the height of the space elevated beyond its original dimensions, and an angular ceiling void dispersed natural light into the moody ambience.


Challenges

Low ceilings and an unknown structure derived through years of historic renovations made the space challenging to plan. A hands-on approach was required, adapting with the building throughout the process.


Outcomes

i2C took a design concept and ran with it to create a for construction design that is thoughtful and in line with the original brief. The design stage was difficult with a number of unknown issues popping up throughout due to the heritage nature of the building, however, i2C tackled them head-on and resolved them with buildability at the forefront. i2C worked long and hard hours with the Mainbrace team to create a space that puts life back into the iconic David Jones Food Hall and made going to the David Jones Food Hall exciting again. The i2C team should be extremely proud of the work they have completed at David Jones.
Emily Carneiro - Design Manager, Mainbrace Constructions


Client David Jones / Mainbrace Constructions
Value
Type retail, interiors
Year 2020
Status Complete
Builder Mainbrace Constructions

86-108 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000

Sydney, NSW

Photography: Archishot

All Projects David Jones Food Hall Elizabeth St