This new venue has undergone a remarkable transformation, breathing new life into The Cathedral Room within the original Melbourne Stock Exchange—a landmark neo-gothic building dating back to the 1890s, left abandoned for over two decades. This historic space has been reimagined into an expansive and opulent dining room, capable of hosting 150 guests.
We had the pleasure of conversing with Rebecca Yazbek, NOMAD Group Director, who shared insights into the challenges encountered during the restoration of a venue left untouched for more than 20 years.
“The room was challenging,” Rebecca admitted. “From the first minute we saw it, we knew there were easier projects! Initially, it was 'How do we ensure it feels inviting and not just sitting in a big cathedral?' and then it moved to the practical - a restaurant can't exist without the right acoustic attenuation, lighting, everything you would normally pop in a ceiling or cavity.”
However, the difficulties encountered in the restoration process were outweighed by the benefit of working within such an inspiring pre-existing space.
“Every time we wanted to walk away from the project, we would walk in and 'damn it' took us right back to why we signed on for the long haul,” Rebecca shared.