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Café design wins colour award


A Christchurch coffee house wowed the judges of the 2019 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards. Designed by Chris Wheeler of Hierarchy Architecture, Coffee Culture at The Crossing won the Resene Colour in Design Award along with a regional Commercial Interior Architecture Design Award.

There are many reasons to love this project. The way the fit out emulates the decorative circular façade that wraps the building, the organic joinery that efficiently works with the unique shape of the space. The way the curved counter wraps the back wall, drawing you into the space. How the material selection creates cohesiveness and a balanced neutral palette using highly textural finishes and cleverly detailed elements to create a unique, inviting space.

Other pieces of magic include the highly textural mosaic tiles that have been paired with warm, solid timbers and brass detailing. The choice of lush velvet upholstery for the banquet seats which adds softness and comfort. An elegant brass clad wall that draws you in and channels you towards the counter. Even the flooring has its own distinctiveness – a mix of engineered wood merged with a range of terrazzo tiles that works so well to emulate the flow through the space.

Judges called the design a playful and informal fit-out of an extraordinarily difficult space.

“This stunning, neutral palette evokes style, warmth and grace. Texture and sheen have been used to build up personality and charm alongside the gentle, pops of colour. This palette is pure sophistication.

CEO of Architectural Designers New Zealand, Gregory Watts, said the finish was an exceptional make up of many small parts.

“Every detail has come together to create a brilliant and inspired finish. It is a fantastic café to not only enjoy coffee but to marvel at the work of art that surrounds you.”

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