Common ponds for designers to fish in for inspiration for the rejuvenation of a space usually include galleries or cities, illustrations, sculptures, innotive art or picturesque landscapes. However, for Lot 1, a new and upcoming conversion project located at 20 York Street, the inspiration came from the swirls and patterns that delicately lace a latte or a flat white coffee. A coffee behaving as such a catalyst for the grand vision was an exciting and familiar motivation for the family owners, having run Caffe Di Stefano Coffee Warehouse Café & Deli for nearly 3 generations.
Having seen Enter Projects previous work of the Edgecliff Medical Centre, where the key design of the geometry circulated and unfolded to provide a relaxed and calming atmosphere, they saw that this vision could also be translated into their hospitality venture – the conversion from a retail ski wear shop into a restaurant and cafe.
The coffee shop and roastery is to serve the space the left and on the right side is to be the restaurant, with a menu of fresh Mediterranean dishes. The downstairs offers private lounges and dinner booths with the basement mezzanine giving an option of outdoor seating and alfresco dining. The traditional dishes served are prided upon only using fresh fish, homemade pasta, vegetables and local ingredients which gives the diners a chance to savor these authentic and natural flavours in a most unique environment.
With work commencing in March 2014, the process of stripping back to reveal the existing fabric of the building can be seen in the below pictures. Principally here you can see the exposed brick sandstone walls which are significant to the sites importan t historic nature as York Street boasts a rich original tapestry. Back in the 1800’s, it was an area that bragged Sydney’s fine pieces of architectural works such as the Wesleyan Centenary Chapel and t he Jews Synagogue, both highly regarded by the local communities. With 20 York Streets raw features such as the freestanding timber beams becoming unearthed and the walls now naked with just brick, the scene was slowly being set for Lot 1’s designs to start playing the leading lady in.
These designs, from Enter Projects, looked to offset modern and special fittings juxtaposing against the building’s natural backdrop. Working with the original coffee art inspiration, Enter Projects could see that the very way these installations, twirling into large circulations of rounded and abstract movement, would succeed in representing the coffee whirls. The contrast of these contemporary designs were crucial into making the fittings appear as 3 dimensional artwork within the space.
Location: Sydney CBD
Purpose: Restaurant/ Bar fit - out
Size: 945 sqm
Completion: October 2015