Kiln Restaurant opens atop Sydney’s Ace Hotel


The Kiln Restaurant has made its debut atop the newly opened Ace Hotel Sydney. Conceived by Fiona Lynch office, the space nods to the history buried beneath the hotel – the site of Australia’s first kiln discovery and once a production center for 19th-century convict and potter Jonathan Leak. “From the start, Ace wanted it to be an Australian version of what an Ace Hotel could be, reflecting the culture, colors and design language of Australia,” explains Fiona Lynch. “Their wish was for Kiln to feel like a distinctly different space within the hotel.”

Enveloped in glass, the 108-seat interior is anchored by an open kitchen and log-burning fireplace as well as a panoramic backdrop of Surry Hills views best seen from Kiln’s two spacious sundecks. Indigenous raw materials, including stone and natural wood, invigorate the restaurant with a rustic authenticity illuminated by custom light fixtures. Sustainable materiality also includes linens hand painted with pigments made from reclaimed waste.

Another focal point is the custom main bar, hand-finished in natural brass and accented with stone, chrome and aluminum elements positioned in Isamu Noguchi-inspired plate-like tectonic angles. Bespoke banquettes and leather-covered tables line the living room, which also leads to a private dining area.

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