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Next delivers iconic restaurant ‘XOPP by Golden Century’ within landmark building ‘The Exchange’ at Darling Square

Next successfully delivered Golden Century Groups latest offering, ‘XOPP by Golden Century’.

The restaurant is located on the mezzanine level of the Lend Lease built 6 storey marvel, The Exchange, which is instantly recognizable with its circular façade wrapped in 20km of curved timber.

Designed by world-renowned Japanese Architect, Kengo Kuma, resembling a ‘hive’ the iconic circular building is located in the bustling Darling Square precinct offering a civic space for all, with other tenants including the City of Sydney State Library, an Innovation Exchange with a program to support start ups in creative technology sectors, a ground floor market hall, child care centre and roof top bar and restaurant with views over Tumbalong Park, the Chinese Garden of Friendship and Cockle Bay.

“In collaboration with client The Golden Century Group we have delivered an exciting restaurant fitout providing a unique dining experience for patrons. The design intent for the circular 160-seat restaurant is a traditional Cantonese style with a contemporary twist. We were proud to work with Golden Century, a celebrated Sydney institution who have been operating for 30 years,” said Next CEO Joseph Di Girolamo.

Extensive design coordination was required to achieve the client’s vision. Intricate features include curved walls, custom joinery, a black Barrisol ceiling with light diffusers, tailor-made floral light fittings and brightly coloured loose furniture creating an eccentric modern Asian meets industrial space.

The circular design of ‘The Exchange’ building, proved challenging as all walls, joinery and stainless steel benches had a slight curve and required precise installation.

"The project is another example of Next’s expertise in building projects collaboratively in live environments which require intensive stakeholder management", said Next CEO, Joseph Di Girolamo. Next managed works on 24 hour shifts, working in with base building contractor, Lendlease and surrounding tenancies. The fitout works were undertaken in a complex live environment, with surrounding tenancies also undergoing refurbishment and fitout works and opening for business. All noisy works were undertaken out of hours to minimise the disruption to tenants and occupants of the building.



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