The West Ashfields League Club is located in a vibrant area of Sydney with a diverse Asian population.
In order to better reflect this community, The Club decided to showcase traditional Asian culture within the building’s design. For instance, the gaming section included curves, gold and red luxury finishes and the lucky eight.
This was their new strategy to better engage with and encourage more local visitors.
However, it was going to be more than a token gesture. The architects at X+O decided a complete overhaul was needed and they asked for advice on the best way to do it.
“X+O engaged with a feng shui consultant to understand fundamental feng shui principles. This drove the design solution.”
The five elements – earth, metal, water, wood and fire became the building blocks of the entire design and were carefully integrated throughout the new League Club.
The most dramatic example is the open kitchen where cooking flames are visible from the dining space. However, the use of wood lining the walls is a more subtle design choice that represents growth and vitality.
These cultural choices were also supported by community choices. Busy walkways were kept away from dining areas and seating was deliberately laid out face to face, encouraging conversation and connection.
“By respecting traditional philosophies that connect to the local demographic, and interpreting them in a modern setting, this project showcases a unique approach.”
X+O also kept the community’s values in mind and worked hard to ensure the project was as sustainable as possible.
Modern twists on traditional Chinese screens and wishing wells were a contemporary nod to the culture these designs were aiming to represent.
Through careful design choices, West Ashfield Leagues Club have created a community-driven building with unique appeal.
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