- Article by Shahe Simonian
- Designer ZANAZAN (Shahe Simonian Architect)
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When an enthusiasts coffee expert (and former barista champion) approached Shahe Simonian to design his new venture on an adaptive re-use site on Sydney’s North Shore, the brief was to keep things real. The food would be healthy. The coffee pure. And the experience, unforgettable. The design response was to keep things simple, raw, and ensure the focus was 100% on the coffee.
To that end, the team transformed the tenancy – earmarked for retail – into a more open space configuration spilling out into an internal courtyard. The fixed glazing was modified into industrial, operable doors, creating both a sense of connection to the courtyard and a fantastic place for a morning coffee. The bulk of the fitout was sourced from second-hand traders and adjusted to accommodate program requirements and equipment, including refrigeration, ice, water wells and the Rolls Royce of coffee machines.
The lights have all been designed and made by Shahe Simonian from rescued coffee groups and replica Edison bulbs. An important aspect of this business is coffee retail, which is displayed along the rear wall.
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