Photography by Tom Blachford.
Poacher & Hound in Mount Waverley is one of the latest hospitality projects designed by award-winning studio Technē Architecture + Interior Design.
Integrating natural materials, brass and graphic elements, the design is a physical representation of a poacher and hound narrative. “The space is imagined as the found sanctuary of a harsh terrain traveller, creating refined resources which are of the land,” says Technē student architect Brad Mitchell. “Brass objects scattered throughout the space are found treasured pieces, bridging the gap between the natural elements and the fine graphic elements.”
A key feature of the refined and mature space is the rattan and ply planter/waiters station, paired with a plate steel bar against a cement render. “Rattan is light, durable and flexible material with a proven timelessness,” says Technē senior associate Steve McKeag. “It offers a valuable contribution to hospitality ventures in creating texture and interest, and is easily complemented by metal and concrete elements.”
A liberal use of other earthy materials including terracotta, brick and granite gravel add further texture and colour to the space. The surrounding floor and wall planes have been kept deliberately minimal to allow the textured objects space.
Particular efforts have been made to include local makers in the café fitout, with hand-crafted tables by Jardan and Melbourne Iron & Steel, and stools by Mark Tuckey and Dowel Jones. Local premium architectural builder Sinjen ensured the design was executed to the highest standard, with attention paid to each detail and finish.
The café is the first Technē project to feature work by Mitchell, who launched onto the design scene last year after winning the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Design Award by Broadsheet for his refined, freestanding planter design, Noughts And Crosses. “It’s an important part of the Technē ethos to foster emerging architectural talents such as Mitchell, offering valuable and genuine experiences in the industry,” McKeag says.
Poacher & Hound is the latest venture by Melbourne dining entrepreneur John Scalzo who is the owner of several university eateries and the Highett cafe, The Little Elephant. Located on the ground floor of a commercial building in an industrial area, the café offers a valuable point of difference to Mount Waverley’s cafe scene.