A freshly renovated spot, as fresh, minimal and avant-gardist is the interior design project by Ben Berwick from the Australian architectural firm Prevalent.
Situated in a building from 1906 in Newcastle, SUSURU Ramen and Gyoza bar enlivens the façade and street it rests on as a “prelude to the plausible future” and resembles “what a hospital cafe might look like when drawn in a Pokémon graphic novel”.SUSURU’s design breaks away from the traditional mining aesthetic typical of the area; taking cues from Tokyo metro station and train design, a predominantly white interior acts as a backdrop to a yellow highlight, a signifier of the brand“To this base, we add in temporary graphic design elements, menu boards, signage, tablet covers and doors that are made to add focal points and to draw attention” as said by Prevalent team.
As the city develops, it attracts more foreign attention, whom don’t necessarily have the same rapport with what was largely a mining town many years ago. The SUSURU restaurant is for the newcomers, for those visiting, and most importantly, for those long term residents wanting to see the city develop and diversify.
With the introduction of a new and foreign food type to the city, opportunity was afforded in this design for something completely fresh.
“Where we could, local fabricators were used, particularly to re-liven the metal industry in the city, with designs for furniture, as apposed to equipment for mining”. [Text: Annamaria Maffina]