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Project / Completed 2019

GoodWood throughout Maddison Architect’s Chocolate Buddha

/ By Maddison Architects

The Space

Chocolate Buddha located in Melbourne's bustling Federation Square encapsulates Japanese Mid Century Architecture which created the ultimate sushi destination.


“This Japanese sushi house takes inspiration from the stylistic roots of Japanese Mid Century Architecture”

When the brief is create a sense of calm and lightness, it’s no wonder that this beautiful space was influenced by Japanese culture. The dining hall creates a feeling of connectedness by its materiality and spatial approach. Maddison Architects adds ‘this dining hall demonstrates the Japanese tradition of conceiving space as woven together where floor, wall and ceiling are considered as one’.

Maddison Architects was established in 1989 by Peter Maddison, who is known for his advocacy for timber and its use in design. Maddison Architects is an award winning multi-disciplinary practice, having delivered over 200 projects of great diversity in scale.

Chocolate Buddha’s delicate palette consists of GoodWood Victorian ash column and beams used as screening perched from the ceilings, blackened steel and a subtle touch of muted blue to complete the space. “The intent was to align an interior architecture with the simplicity and honesty of the food and service on offer” – Maddison Architects.

Maddison Architects utilised a sustainable timber in an even more sustainable way, by using finger jointed timber. These finger jointed pieces are made from smaller off cuts produced from manufacturing other products – essentially giving them a new life. GoodWood Victorian ash is as versatile as they come – available in select, standard and utility grade, both solid or finger jointed. Find out more here.


“We chose GLT to provide a natural and warm consistency of finish for what otherwise could have been very disparate design elements. The value-add of finger lamination to what is a sustainably accredited raw supply product achieves this”

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