Located downstairs from Botanic House, Farm Cove Eatery is a casual dining space that offers a range of grab and go and à la carte options. Nestled within Sydney’s Botanic Gardens among towering trees and robust bamboo, Botanic House supports a lofty natural order with refined modern arrangements. With an interior scheme of soothing pigeon grey and whispers of pale terracotta among lime wash-finished oak – together with bursts of greenery and feature pendant lights sprouting delicate transparent canvas petals – it’s a streamlined oasis with the all accoutrements of cosmopolitan convenience.‘The finishes touch the space lightly and sit in harmony with the gardens,’ suggests Kathryn Thompson, director of the Sydney-based Five Foot One design firm, which re-imagined both the upper and lower levels of the original Gardens Restaurant building. ‘It was designed to take on a polished and clean aesthetic to complement the fine food offering,’ she adds regarding the fusion Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese dishes devised by the illustrious chef, Luke Nguyen.‘Downstairs in the Farm Cove Eatery, a more organic and earthy aesthetic was applied to create a more casual dining experience,’ enthuses Thompson of the cafés soft-edged robustness and darker timbers. The veined grey Quartzite service and bar tops plus polished brass and bronze lighting fixtures upstairs surrender to a rich soil-toned Terracotta counter and assorted hand-made ceramic pendant lights, whilst cement stools sporting deep dusty Eucalypt pink shades recall upturned garden flowerpots. Combining these elements, Botanic House is a triumph of raw beauty, authenticity, sustainability and materiality. For more information visit: botanichouse.com.au Photography by Michael Wee unless indicated.