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The Charles Grand Brasserie & Bar

Sydney, New South Wales

The Charles Grand Brasserie & Bar celebrates city elegance and art deco splendour, with the interiors toasting to life lived well.

Leading the interiors for each unique space, COX sought to pay homage to the past, while celebrating the future of Sydney’s world-class hospitality scene.

Stripped back to its shell, keeping only the heritage features intact, the existing 1930’s ACA building has undergone a generous transformation. Working with the skilled team at Etymon Projects, the unique spaces exude excellence in detail. European in provenance, they capture layers of food and beverages, served 21 hours of the day.

Entering via King Street, patrons are greeted with layers of velvet curtains with a dimly lit concierge – curating the arrival experience, whether being guided to the grand brasserie or the bar a vin. The grand double height volume of the brasserie is tied together by a sculpted joinery stair, celebrating local craftsmanship. The bold central banquette in Tibero stone occupies the ground floor and gazes toward the open kitchen to put the theatrics of the dining experience on show.

COX Director, Brooke Lloyd

Informed by the conceptual narrative of ‘Future Nostalgia,’ our design takes cues from the building’s rich heritage, reimagined through a contemporary lens.

Adjacent to the grand brasserie sits the bar a vin, an intimate space with wine bottles lining the windows, drawing in intrigued walkers-by. The bar a vin complements the grand brasserie, curating The Charles experience. You can start with a wine at the bar, move to a long lunch in the grand brasseries, and down to the club to end the night.


Merit Award, PLACE category, Designers Australia Awards (DIA), 2023

Technical Information

Sydney, New South Wales
In Association With
H&E Architects
Etymon Projects
Complete, 2022
Key Consultants
Documentation - H&E Architects, Planning – Urbis, Accessibility – Lindsay Perry, PCA/BCA – Blackett Maguire Goldsmith, Waste Management – Elephants Foot, Mechanical Services – Engineering Partners, Electrical Engineer – Webb Australia, Acoustic Engineer – Arup
Gross Floor Area
Anson Smart