Standby Espresso | $90k | Constructed 2016

AIA Architecture Awards Small Project Architecture Commendation 2016

This project establishes a 'hole in the wall' take-away coffee bar on the corner of Walcott Street and Raglan Road in Mount Lawley. A compact footprint of 11 sqm occupies a previously redundant services recess in an isolated corner of an existing retail complex. The tenancy was conceived as a simple, robust box when closed which opens to reveal a finely crafted interior using a large span folding window. The exposed joint Equitone cladding was selected to compliment the colour of the existing complex whilst at the same time providing the tenancy with its own unique identity. A polished concrete counter, outdoor alfresco area shaded by an existing tree, canopy consisting of a series of folded black aluminium trays and a mural by artist Daek William invite passers by to engage with the tenancy. The project is a example of the adaptive re-use of small under-utilised spaces as well as a small additions ability to activate and engage with its surrounding local community. Building shell constructed by Capella Constructions and fitout by Medalia Made.