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issue 38 - June/July 2017
CURVE magazine cover June/July 2017
Inspire  Project  


Concrete and Leather in Melbourne

The client's brief was to create a spatial experience providing not only the user with an open aired space but also allowing staff from the floor and kitchen the opportunity to look outwards into this open volume. A burnished grey concrete floor plane is lightly ground back to expose loose ends of aggregate. Orthogonal concrete elements rise from this floor creating a coffee and waiting station, married with terrazzo clad plinths, which form seating. The walls are clad in a veil of perforated aluminum that folds itself across the creases of the walls creating a screen to the kitchen and a smaller private dining area.

Meanwhile light is captured and balanced within the metallic apertures. Conceptually, the interior space is suspended at the horizon line between the two opposing elements of concrete and air. The heaviness of the concrete ground plane is juxtaposed to the mass of nothingness in the form of perforated metal cladding. Deep cigar leaf colored leather folds itself loosely over stainless steel rods creating a cushioned finish to the masonry plinths,,whilst fern trees dot themselves around the cafe casting leafy, fibrous shadows across an interior metal skin.

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