Xerts was a futuristic restaurant and entertainment venue created as part of a major urban redevelopment project in the Darling Harbor precinct of Sydney. It was the brainchild of a group of young Adelaide designers led by Tectvs. The project program was driven by the arrival of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Fun, colour and style was the order of the day.
At the turn of the new millennium, themed restaurants were all the rage in Australia’s largest metropolis. The Tectvs team was charged with the complete brand development and delivery of a space-themed restaurant for Darling Harbor. Tectvs was project manager, design manager, lead designer and interior designer of this technology-driven venue.
Xerts represented one of the most complex integrated and collaborative design processes carried out by Tectvs, involving interiors, furniture, graphics, products and multimedia. The team developed every component of the design and fitout, starting with the name and including space-theme characters, interiors, merchandise and a touch-screen multi-media ordering and entertainment system. The project showcased South Australian initiative and innovation, utilising a range of technologies from speaker technology developed in South Australia to furniture custom-made in Italy using the same tooling methods as Ferrari.
The result was a fun palace.