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Location

Launceston, Tasmania

Client

Kosaten

Year

2018

Images

Renee Hodskiss

Land of

Stoney Creek Nation

Kosaten

Launceston

A hidden old-Kyoto style sanctuary. And surprising, high sensory experience.

Push through the solid timber doors of an old power tool workshop. Feel transported. Colour, technology and interactivity create a sensory Japanese dining experience in the heart of Launceston. In the traditional style of Kyoto’s old town restaurants, Kosaten offers diners retreat, escape and sanctuary.

Grab your passport

A series of separate dining spaces whisks you away to different Japanese regions, encouraging you to explore somewhere new each time you visit.

As you enter Kosaten, a sense of Japan in full cherry blossom bloom greets you via light materials and bright spring colours. The high-table dining area transports you to Shibuya at night with coloured perspex, vibrant digital graphics and white subway tiles. Then, tucked away from the high-sensory activity above, you’ll find chashitsu, or the tearoom. Lowered, intimate and separate, here’s the place to connect in the toasty glow of soft lighting.

Expect the unexpected

Kosaten isn’t what you’d expect from the unassuming, utilitarian exterior. And therein lies the joy. The inviting, bustling restaurant is a welcome replacement to a window-barred workshop.

Drenched in murals and graphics by the talented Daisylegs with geometric exposed steel trusses and engaged brick columns, there’s a visual feast before you even get to the food. Structured booths, dim lanterns and industrial partitioning create an intimate atmosphere, allowing diners to dictate what kind of evening they’d like that night. Automated delivery tracks and ambient, seasonal digital projections are the ideal unconventional accompaniment to visually expressive food. 

For each dining space, we chose furniture carefully. Low angular stools by Hunt furniture offer a casual feel through the ‘cherry blossom’ entry space while high leather Uccio chairs by Barbara Design demonstrate the sleek style of Shibuya. Then other spaces encourage diners to extend their stay, with plush, booth seating options. 

KOSATEN

LAUNCESTON

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Location

Launceston, Tasmania

Client

Kosaten

Year

2018

Images

Renee Hodskiss

Land of

Stoney Creek Nation

Community-led,

contemporary living

Quality, community and accessibility first. As it should be. Goulburn Street Housing is a 25-apartment public housing complex in Hobart created from a cluster of forms.

Goulburn Street is the outcome of a state government collaboration to identify suitable sites for new public housing projects. Specifically, it addresses the lack of housing for the elderly and disabled. Our design subverts the stereotype for public housing to prioritise natural light, ventilation and generous outdoor space. 

Grab your passport

A series of separate dining spaces whisks you away to different Japanese regions, encouraging you to explore somewhere new each time you visit.

As you enter Kosaten, a sense of Japan in full cherry blossom bloom greets you via light materials and bright spring colours. The high-table dining area transports you to Shibuya at night with coloured perspex, vibrant digital graphics and white subway tiles. Then, tucked away from the high-sensory activity above, you’ll find chashitsu, or the tearoom. Lowered, intimate and separate, here’s the place to connect in the toasty glow of soft lighting.

Expect the unexpected

Kosaten isn’t what you’d expect from the unassuming, utilitarian exterior. And therein lies the joy. The inviting, bustling restaurant is a welcome replacement to a window-barred workshop.

Drenched in murals and graphics by the talented Daisylegs with geometric exposed steel trusses and engaged brick columns, there’s a visual feast before you even get to the food. Structured booths, dim lanterns and industrial partitioning create an intimate atmosphere, allowing diners to dictate what kind of evening they’d like that night. Automated delivery tracks and ambient, seasonal digital projections are the ideal unconventional accompaniment to visually expressive food. 

For each dining space, we chose furniture carefully. Low angular stools by Hunt furniture offer a casual feel through the ‘cherry blossom’ entry space while high leather Uccio chairs by Barbara Design demonstrate the sleek style of Shibuya. Then other spaces encourage diners to extend their stay, with plush, booth seating options.