High Noon Coffee Saloon by Robeson Architects

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Project Details:

Type: Hospitality| Interiors

Architect: Robeson Architects

Location: Australia

Address: Perth

Program: Cafe| Retail

Year: 2017

Area: 23 sq.m.

Photographer: Dion Robeson

High Noon Coffee Saloon is a small boutique coffee shop in the center of Claremont. The brief was to create a long-lasting quality fit-out that aligned with the client’s quality product and service.

High Noon Coffee Saloon by Robeson Architects
© Dion Robeson

Owned by barista champions and with a focus on the customer experience, the fit-out expresses this using raw materials with minimal applied finishes or materials that patina over time. With a lease of 10 years, the fit-out was intended to be an antidote to the “on-trend” and highly polished examples that are intended to be replaced within a couple of years.

With no scope to alter the base building or openings, a “lighter” version of the moody interior was carried through to the exterior; “Bauwerk” lime-based paint custom mixed to create the two-tone dado on blue-board covers the existing brown brick walls. The original arches over the windows were revealed and repaired and painted a glossy black matching the timber window frames. With around 20 pieces of equipment to fit in, every millimeter was considered.

High Noon Coffee Saloon by Robeson Architects
© Dion Robeson

Collaboration with the client ensured an understanding of their patterns of usage to ensure it was functional. Vertical steel elements added storage and enhanced the sense of verticality. Smoked glass overhead cupboards ensure the continuation of mirrors on the rear wall, again enhancing the sense of space. All fittings are kept off the ground and the steel planter, benches and shelving are tucked into the awkward shapes of the tenancy.

The architect and GFRC manufacturer trialed many different colour oxides into the GFRC tiles to achieve the tonal olive effect and trialed many different forming materials before deciding on a textured fire blanket fabric. The tiles were laid in a shingle arrangement vertically on the island bench, trimmed in a brass angle. The architect manually laid these tiles to achieve the desired effect. This same GFRC was incorporated into panels on the coffee machine, the design of which was fully customized in conjunction with Five Senses Coffee and Specht Design in Melbourne. The logo, uniforms and colours are consistently branded through close collaboration with the graphic designer.

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