Part of a transformation of the casual dinning precinct at Sydney International Airport, Mach2 is the newest version of a Sydney dining institution. It takes cues from the classic Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano and from its younger hipper sibling mach2, both in Sydney’s CBD. Mach2 uses the finest quality and freshest ingredients to produce classic food. This is showcased with the open kitchen, providing a sense of theatre to the dining area and with fresh produce on display in the counter, the charcuterie and overhead.
The ‘grand dining room’ is defined by a series of arches, fronted with open cafe seating, all tied together with a continuous timber dado. Seating areas are carefully arranged to suit the varying demands of the travelling customer.
Classic, durable materials are used throughout, to create a quality and warmth that was not present in the original building shell or adjacent public areas. Timber, mosaics, marble, rough stucco and Venetian plaster all combine to create a layered and cohesive space. The famous portraits for Machiavelli in the CBD are reinterpreted – as historic photos of Mascot Airport and the people who have visited, recalling the glamour of travel.
Shortlisted, Eat Drink Design Awards, Best Restaurant Design, 2015
Katherine Lu Photography