Projects are being gathered, preened and prepped to be presented in the upcoming edition of our successful book series Night Fever. At this stage, the race is on to see which country will feature the most hospitality destinations.

We are currently hard at work on producing the fifth edition, which is due out in November. In the previous title – Night Fever 4 – the country out in the lead was Australia, with 10 per cent of the 130 venues being located in this Antipodean land. As we continue our selection procedures for the upcoming book, it seems Australian design studios have again made the grade, with this medley of hospitality hotspots showcasing a proliferation of natural wood detailing and pops of pastel colours.


The scrolling gallery of Australian projects featured in this article include:

Ovolo Hotel by Hassell
The renovation of a heritage building in a prime habour-front location in Sydney has resulted in a buzzing hospitality destination. The industrial core of the space is softened with contemporary furnishings and an ice-cream colour palette (photo: Nicole England).

Nordburger by Genesin Studio
Warm timber for the walls and seats, with poured concrete for the floor, stool bases and counter results in a nostalgic and approachable Adelaide interior that's bang on brief for decking-out a burger joint that sought not to look like a regular diner (photo: Jonathan Vdk).

The Milton by Biasol Design Studio
A mellow and mature design for this Melbourne suburb bayside venue was assigned, with a nod to tradition, yet with a playful touch in the geometric tile patterns, with reclaimed timber paired with brass fixtures and blackened steel (photo: Ari Hatzis).

Coppersmith Hotel by Hassell
A drinking den in Melbourne that dates back to 1870 was assigned a fresh, new character when this hotel was given a new lease of life. Timber batten detailing and copper aspects deck-out the ground floor restaurant area with an elegance of touch (photo: Dianna Snape).

Astra Lodge by Grant Amon Architects
A cosy winter retreat during the ski season, this Falls Creek destination was renovated using local materials and artisan expertise. In the bar area, the overhead timber veneer panels crafted as a mountainous silhouette crown the space (photo: Peter Bennetts).

Hello Kitty by Luchetti Krelle
Cute pop cuclture is served up as the main ingredient for diners in Sydney, with more than a few pops of colour and a mash-up of angles, patterns and block stripes alongside natural textiles of concrete and timber (photo: Michael Wee).

Blackwood Pantry by Luchetti Krelle
In beachside Cronulla there's a chilled-out dining destination that's been given a cool, calm interior. A muted seaside colour palette of aqua blue and candyfloss pink is teamed with natural wood, concrete flooring and ceramic pendant lights (photo: Michael Wee).

Level One by Studio Gram
A strong visual statement for this Adelaide restaurant comes in the form of colour blocking. The original floorboards and brickwork have been assigned deep blue and dusty pink touches, alongside natural timber frameworks and wall-mounted light boxes (photo: Jonathan Vdk).

Pink Moon Saloon by Sans Arc Studio
A narrow alleyway in Adelaide accommodates a two-room venue. The timber huts make the most of the locally-sourced material, both in decor and construction, in a layered approached with eclectic colour combinations to match the venue's intriguing name (photo: David Sievers).


We are still seeking work the world over to be considered for the upcoming edition of Night Fever. If you have designed any places to drink, dine or dream recently, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us or find out more information at: