the perimeters of the site are lined with mature lily pily hedges and manchurian pear trees, providing both immediate privacy screening for the new residence together with a green backdrop from all aspects of the interior.
new specimen trees are placed in the courtyard garden within the centre of the home and layered against the existing green backdrop, to create an increased perception of depth.
a new vertical green wall not only provides a kitchen garden adjacent the food preparation area, but also acts to filter the air entering the centre of the home.
concrete bricks are selected as the primary building material, ensuring a holistic approach as the one material carries through from the exterior to the interior. brick work as a complete construction method minimises the use of high off gassing materials such as insulation and sealants, while the natural material promotes a high level of indoor air quality.
the form of the residence adapts to take on the inherent nature of masonry construction, while the pale grey concrete of the blocks provides a restrained tonal palette against the backdrop of the existing landscape.
we explore concepts for an art wall installation, to incorporate graphic representation of the store within its local community and surrounding context. a subtle backdrop for the active cafe, the art piece provides an opportunity for customers to interact, contribute and add to the ephemeral nature of the space.
a black steel finish to the rear wall of the cafe area provides a strong contrast for the bagel and food display, while openings between the service area and kitchen behind ensures a high level of functionality.
stacks of the stores packaging is used to clad the main service counter, carrying the reference of huff’s branding through to the main interior element.
the remainder of the material palette is restrained to concrete and pale timbers, to provide a neutral backdrop for what will be a highly active space, while placing visual emphasis on the landscape planter box within the centre of the interior.
our studio begins design work for huff bagelry’s new bagel shop and cafe.
with a large interior space, the design begins with a double sided active rear wall, separating the bakery kitchen from the cafe space. a dark finish is selected as a device to draw people into the store, while providing a dramatic back drop for the product display and interactive pass through to the kitchen behind.
within the centre of the cafe space, we develop concepts for a landscape planter box, that helps divide customers into two streams, coffee and bagels, while providing a bar height ledge for those waiting for coffee and take away orders.
reference image sources, left to right, top to bottom : studiofour, peter zumthor, unknown, gregoire de lafforest, mathieu lehanneur
while this project is a study in contrasts, between the existing and new built forms, materials and detailing, a datum line is applied to the length of the northern facade, connecting the addition with the existing victorian dwelling.
this datum line starts as an applied finish to the existing facade, then pulls away as a garden wall to the courtyard that separates the old and new forms, becoming a solid section to an otherwise glazed building facade, before continuing as a garden wall, wrapping the rear garden and the remainder of the site.
this datum sits less than three metres above ground level, providing pedestrian scale to the high built form along the street boundary.
this new finish to the existing period facade provides the backdrop for a street art installation, the work using local references to connect with it’s immediate surrounding context.
on arrival at the house, the entry is signified by a single full height puncture to an otherwise blank façade.
on entry, one experiences a generous threshold between interior and exterior, creating a charge of senses on arrival.
immediately ahead lies the internal garden, the garden must be passed through and experienced to reach the main areas of the house.
private areas of bedrooms, bathrooms, study and reading areas are purposefully concealed from interior sight lines, while the public areas in contrast are completely open and connected to the internal garden.