6 Head

  • 2020

  • Architectural
    Interior Design

Designed By:

  • Callie van Merwe Concept Design
  • Estian Visser. Design development
  • Calvin Van Vuuren Design developer
  • Roberto Zambri Design developer
  • Branding by The Creative Method

Commissioned By:

Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group

Bradley Michael, CEO of Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group

Designed In:


Campbell’s Stores. A beautiful 180 year old warehouse dating back to 1839 as the host site, called for a very considered and sensitive restrained approach. Conceptually the existing space was viewed as a beautiful music score and our restaurant intervention perhaps more as the well-considered silence between the notes.

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Image: Paul Archer
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  • As a heritage listed building, the Campbells stores existing fabric could not be harmed in any way. No penetrations. No demolishing. This made a 240 seater commercial restaurant intervention extremely challenging. The additional challenge was a building constructed in a time before spirit levels, i.o.w nothing was horizontal or plumb. Services such as lighting, airconditioning, plumbing and drainage needed to be inserted without any penetrations. Above all the intervention needed to answer to a fully functional operational, commercially viable, 240 seater restaurant space. Adjacent to The Hyatt, construction needed to be carried out without any noise or light pollution.

  • The solution was to make everything inserted "float" as a second skin and for the old lines to dictate the new lines in order to look correct even if out of plumb. Thus, everything was handmade, crafted and adjusted on site rather than in a factory. Spirit levels were banned onsite. The shell had one vertical stack to accomodate all services. All air-conditioning were loose laid rigid ducts on top of existing timber beams. As were the lighting tracks. Removing tiles in Bay 11 damaged the sandstone underneath and thus the rope installation was conceived as visual layers over walls.

  • The 6 Head story (see further below) was chosen as a part of the significant cultural heritage of Australia and meticulously woven into the existing historical fabric of the chosen site at Campbell's stores. Australia is filled with rich anecdotes, some of which are to be celebrated and some not. As a social space in this historical context the visitor is made acutely aware of the backstory (see below) and this translates in a very real bottom line impact as a must see restaurant destination. The crafted logs and timber joinery were from repurposed hand selected rescued timber only.

  • Backstory: On board the 1st fleet were 1480 souls and 6 Head (hence the name) of cattle (from the Cape of Good Hope). After arriving however, the cattle were unattended during a lunch break and wondered off never to be seen again and given up as lost. However 8 years later the were found, now wild and numbering more than 100, grazing in the Nepean valley, saving the colony from starvation. The rich tapestry of that 1st journey plus the 160 year old Campbells warehouse was framed as inspiration to the design. The decision was made to meaningfully and consciously frame the various textures, stories, vignettes and vistas rather than force an entirely new fabric intervention. The journey begins at the entrance with an installation of 6 beautifully crafted copper rod Cow Heads, a commissioned, hand built 1-30 model of the Sirius and the back story in gold letters on the glass screen wall. The ground-floor bar is hand carved from a solid block of rescued timber to mirror the timber columns and the 6 Head story chiseled in its face. In bay 11 a rope installation with 1480 sailors knots pays homage to the 1st fleet of 1480 souls.