Amongst over 400 entrants, Figureground Architecture has been awarded in Australia the 2014 Hospitality Design Award and 2014 Best of State Commercial Design Award for transforming a concrete shell warehouse in Fitzroy into a busy café and roastery. Inspired by the intimacy of Melbourne laneways, the design took advantage of the high ceilings to create a long narrow ‘dining hall’ experience. Economic materials such as operable black painted pallets and corrugated polycarbonate define the space and create a playful sense of habitation.
It’s just one of the best use of pallets we’ve ever seen! The design team aimed to transform a cold, empty shell into a vibrant, warm space that achieves a balance of calmness with a sense of theater. The furniture has been carefully configured to provide a variety of seating opportunities, including long, low communal tables in the center, high tables for couples along the wall, and high tables for small groups pushed to the rear. This arrangement allows for efficient circulation and encourages “people watching” from the periphery inwards.