Ohlo Studio designs modern pizzeria with timeless Italian “twist” in Perth
Dough Pizza is a relaxed restaurant located right inside the shopping mall Westfield Whitford City in Hillarys, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. The restaurant, focusing on the most traditional Italian dishes and mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas, asked interior design studio Ohlo to design their new space.
“Like the name, Dough is straight to the point – timeless and no fuss with layers of distinct textural Italian references and rustic sophistication. The client housed two restaurants within one tenancy (the clients other venue, Bombay Talkies, shares the tenancy). This created a need to condense the planning without compromising functionality. This was achieved via open plan kitchens and utilizing a communal corridor for shared functions. The brief was for a flexible venue catering for a range of social scenarios and fluxes in pace and atmosphere from day to night. The central bar demarcates two distinct dining and atmospheric conditions, linked through a hospitable hearth. On one side, a sloping ceiling plane accentuates the light-filled space. The warming theater of the pizza oven is on view employing an Italian spatial vernacular that blurs the boundary between eating and cooking. On the other side, a hessian lined booth wall with buttery tones, encloses a more intimate zone for slower, private dining in acoustic warmth. Due to the competitive nature of the location, the client required a dynamic frontage presenting a distinct atmosphere and personality. A tiled bar puncturing the facade activates the boundary and creates a playful entry. Clusters of long farmhouse-style tables support this sociability. Material finishes unify diverse spaces in a palette of contrasting colours. Sharp edged geometries are softened by warm timbers and tobacco hued upholstery; both considered and casual. The vernacular of the neighborhood Italian espresso bar is referenced in the eccentric collection of objects, lighting and washed out beach scenes,” says Ohlo Studio