Exclusive First Look at Higher Ground Melbourne by DesignOffice.

Today’s story comes courtesy of all-star players in Melbourne’s enviable and burgeoning dining slash design scene, and we are super lucky to give you an exclusive first look at what’s set to become another hospitality smash-hit.

Higher Ground is a brand new all-day dining destination on the western edge of Melbourne’s CBD.

DesignOffice were commissioned by Nathan Toleman and the team behind the hugely successful Top Paddock and The Kettle Black, to create a new all day food & drink destination near the Southern Cross Station.

Higher Ground is located in a former power station, re-imagined to create six new connected levels which wrap around the perimeter of the original brick building, delivering a suite of intimate spaces.

The design approach was anchored around the creation of a series of tiered platforms, providing both intimacy and layered perspective within the extensive volume of the site.

The rich and tactile palette combines terrazzo, cork, painted steel, stone, black fibre board and solid timbers to define and anchor each setting. Layers of planting, rugs, furniture and lighting inhabit the levels to provide a range of seating options for customers from morning through to the evening.

We had a quick chat to Mark Simpson from DesignOffice about this superb project. High-fives to Mark for being so honest and forthcoming with his answers, especially about lessons learned, what the team would’ve done differently etc. It takes a dead-set legend and a confident designer to be so frank in their answers. Huge respect and an “extreme love” badge from me!