Culminating a vast total floor area of nearly 2,000sqm, the new Hubert Estate boasts a family-style restaurant (Quarters), Indigenous art gallery (Hubert Gallery of Art), event space (Harriett), revamped St Hubert’s cellar door – all designed by Cera Stribley – as well as a boutique wine store (Notes), designed by Landini Associates.
The 445sqm floor area of the restaurant, ‘Quarters’, is a divided servery and sectioned, open-plan kitchen/restaurant, mirrored by different counters along the length of the building. A large pizza oven adorns one end, sculptured in copper coloured mosaic penny rounds, while a similar toned bar conceals the service area. Contrasting green subway tiles feature behind with white and green at the front, complemented by a timber-clad bar and servery section.
Every inch of the restaurant, and the distances between kitchen, dining tables, wait stations and back-of-house services has been meticulously programmed to create an optimal service experience, in which all the excitement of food preparation is on show, while all the back-of-house hustle and bustle is strategically out-of-sight and out-of-mind.
Shortlisted for the 2022 Eat Drink Design Awards
The existing St Hubert’s winery comprised two rugged, rural sheds and a random assortment of work cottages, surrounded by vines, on a site spanning over 30-hectares of land.
The existing sheds became the foundation for the reimagined Hubert Estate, extrapolating the form into a singular, connected volume.
The centre segment of the volume was then extracted and placed front and centre, to embody the new St Hubert’s cellar door.
The two sheds were reconstructed in the background, to house the restaurant and function centre. The ceiling of the cellar door pitched to maximise the eastern orientation of the site.
The cellar door is embedded within the undulating landscape, with an existing mound on site excavated and then reformed to envelop the new built volume.
Two board-formed concrete walls pierce through the rear of the grassy mound, creating a dramatic entry into the cellar door. Skylights puncture through the landscape, drawing natural light into the semi-subterranean volume.