Interior Architecture & Design:McCluskey Studio & James Klapanis
Builder:AO Projects
Photography:Timothy Kaye
Furniture & Styling:McCluskey Studio & James Klapanis

Inspired by the joy of sharing Mediterranean cuisine, Orlo converts a heritage-listed former cordial factory in Melbourne’s Collingwood into a nostalgic and community-centred restaurant, set across three levels. Seeking to elevate the 1880s red brick building to achieve a sophisticated yet relaxed finish, Orlo owner, James Klapanis (Young’s Wine Bar and St Cloud), invited McCluskey Studio to collaborate on the project’s design. Together, the duo sought to maintain the charm of the heritage building with a sympathetic interior that felt connected to its place.

Comprising a ground floor dining room and courtyard, private dining mezzanine and an intimate basement bar Cordial, Orlo thoughtfully defines intimate spaces to dine and drink. Throughout, the building’s rugged brick walls are playfully contrasted by finer-grain finishes inspired by the building’s historic character, including marble, brass, and amber glass. Reclaimed vintage pieces, sourced by James, are subtly woven into the design. A decorative accent tile is complemented by the main bar’s deep burgundy stone, and a copper feature pendant is renewed and energised by the bronze kitchen pass which shines in the timber-clad dining room.

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