Tom Mark Henry
Located at The Star Sydney, Cucina Porto offers an Italian dining experience set within a richly layered interior. Completed in November 2020, the 527sqm restaurant was designed to exude the warmth and familiarity of dropping into a friend’s place for dinner, whilst seamlessly transitioning from day to night. With the brief provided to create a premium casual offering, the juxtapositions continue seeing old-world detailing mixed with modern aesthetics and sensibilities. Reminiscent of an Italian apartment building, framed glazing as well as solid rendered sections of the façade come together with brass accents, inset tile detailing and a stepped-in Palladiana stone floor, perfectly setting the tone. Textural and bold, executed with restraint, the aesthetic reflects the culinary offering of Cucina Porto. The dining area sees a mix of patterns and textures utilised to bring an element of eclecticism to the interior. Warm timber flooring and the strategic use of curtains separate different dining zones whilst further enhancing the residential feel. A variety of seating options have been applied including banquette seating, bar seating, loose seating and large communal tables. The space has been designed to offer various experiences, depending on where one is situated, creating a sense of intrigue, seeing the diner encouraged to return to further explore the space. A sense of unity is present through the cohesive use of materials - marble, brass, textured fabrics, mirror and decorative lighting are seen throughout, creating a strong and unique narrative.