Green Tea Steel

A turn of the century Victorian shop front in Northcote receives an innovative fit out to become a clean, bright café. By Thomas Tran.

07 Nov 2013

For Melbourne-based architects Techné, the central challenge of the project was to preserve the heritage status of the structure while designing a space flexible enough to operate across Melbourne’s varied seasonal conditions.

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“We utilised a range of window types to address these challenges, including a combination of operable sash movements, louvers and fixed glazing,” explains Techné project architect Alex Lake.

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“We also integrated fixed bench seating into the shopfront glazing to promote street activation and to capitalise on the operable façade during warmer seasons”.

The end result is a façade of green tea-coloured steel louvers and a counterweighted steel window frame that lifts up and engages the freshly renovated Barry’s with the Westgarth streetscape.

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The floor-to-ceiling bespoke windows from Windows on the World are also a welcome sight for patrons and passers-by. The design maximises natural illumination and accentuates the light-filled, white-walled interiors of the café.

“The result is absolutely beautiful,” says Windows on the World director Charlotte Atkinson. “I believe it’s a first for Australia”.

 

Barry Café
barrycoffeeandfood.com

Techné Architects
techne.com.au

Windows on the World
windowsontheworld.com.au

Photography: Ari Hatzis
arihatzis.com