Profiled as a cover and editorial piece in Trends Magazine, Spice Paragon restaurant and its new-look building demonstrate how contemporary commercial buildings are taking on a new expression in the post-earthquake rebuild of Christchurch.

Housed in the ground level of the well-known architecturally designed triangular site at 76-78 Victoria Street, the restaurant and Khao-San Road bar have followed a design in keeping with the building’s wall façade of timber and steel.

Reed beech wood and black steel were key components selected in the design by Callum Pankhurst of Crafted. Having been commissioned on the renovation of their first restaurant, key branding motifs and colour themes were kept consistent but with a more semi-industrial aesthetic requested by the client.

Muros Roughcast Concrete wall paneling – painted charcoal following installation – were utilised on the prominent wall separating bar and restaurant. Due to the thin and lightweight construction of Muros Wall Panels, installation was possible onto a cavity-sliding door, creating a full wall of black texture when closed.

The ‘raw’ shuttered concrete look was cleverly rotated and installed vertically to accentuate the concrete aggregate in floor to ceiling lines. The weathered textural grooves of the concrete panels fitted the brief, as the perfect backdrop to showcase authentic Thai recipes with a modern twist.