Previously a gallery and café, Jackalberry underwent a host of changes to give new life to the space.

Located in the heart of Sydney on Sussex Street, the transformation began with a re-brand of the company and a complete cosmetic overhaul. Minimal structural changes were made, to ensure the upgrade was sympathetic to the buildings heritage status.

The end result was to be a unique and exciting bar offering, with street appeal and ambience to entice guests. It was also important that the bar feel independent to their neighbours, The Hyatt Regency.

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With some heritage boundaries to work within, Belinda Cendron from Sourceress was charged with developing the entire interior scheme, from floor to ceiling.

As explained by Belinda. “Heritage requirements meant I couldn’t simply layer the floors, walls and ceilings in any texture I saw fit, I had to work around set constraints and still meet the brief in signature Sourceress style. Albeit in a somewhat pared back fashion, the end result is still layered and full of personality.

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“We designed curved banquettes, fluted leather seating, burnished brass bar joinery, right down to the final sourcing and styling details. We installed new floors, commissioned custom-made furniture with rounded rattan and long fluted leather banquettes, custom brass joinery, lighting and styling items.”

The interiors took inspiration from the story of the cocktail list, inspired by the Age of Exploration. And the venue was designed to take patrons from day to night, with a rich botanical and timeless appeal.

“Travel artefacts tell the rest of the story, long with luxurious layers of greenery and collected specimens. Overall, it is an adventurous space reflecting the work and studies of botanists, naturalists, voyagers and pioneers, a retreat for the modern-day explorer.”

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Photographer: Daniel Mueller

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