When Sydney-based architectural practice Alexander & CO. were commissioned to design Glorietta an Italian bar & restaurant in North Sydney, their primary challenge was one of identifying how to transform a cold, double-height glass box within a new corporate tower into a warm, lively dining and entertainment destination. Inspired by the client’s love of all things Italian, the designers swathed the space in natural materials such as wood, rattan and linen, and olive, apricot and rust-red accents evoking the charm of the Italian countryside. Equal parts contemporary and classic, Glorietta espouses an effortless sophistication that reflects the authentic taste of the wood-fired pizzas, the glorious wine list from select Italian and Australian winemakers, and the classy effervescent spritzs, negronis and other aperitivo classics.

Photograph:Anson Smart