Standby Espresso | $90k | Constructed 2016

AIA Architecture Awards Small Project Architecture Commendation 2016

This project established a 'hole in the wall' take-away coffee bar on the corner of Walcott Street and Raglan Road in Mount Lawley. It makes the most of a compact 11 sqm footprint occupying a redundant services recess in an isolated corner of a 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 honed concrete counter, outdoor alfresco area shaded by an existing tree, canopy consisting of a series of folded black aluminium trays and a mural by local artist Daek William invite passers by to engage with the tenancy. We believe the project is an 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 community. Building shell constructed by Capella Constructions and fitout by Medalia Made.