Designed by We Are Huntly, Moby 3143 has reinvigorated what was the iconic “Woodstock” site situated on High St in Armadale. The previous establishment was a well know local institution, which motivated the design team to reinvent the space and invite the locals to re-connect. “Our decision to retain the existing façade and “celebrate the curve” of the old brickwork windows pays tribute to the corner building. We drew inspiration from the existing architecture and set to achieve a 70’s Tuscan vibe through the use of dusty ocher rendered walls and ceilings”, explain We Are Huntly.

“Our client wanted to ensure the café’s food offer was being celebrated and at the forefront of the customer’s attention. Positioning the counter at the front of the tenancy ensured prime street presence and staff connection to foot traffic and locals. It was important for chef Stephen Svenson to find a connection between the café and the activity of the Kitchen”, share the designers.

The exterior was painted in a contemporary warm grey to rebrand the existing building and create a new fresh identity. The white timber window frames that bi fold open deliberately contrast the façade and frame the view into the Tuscan rendered interior.

The use of colour throughout the interior extenuates the volume, drawing a connection between both levels. “We wanted to create a contrast between the rustic tones with minimal bold joinery insertions to highlight key zones. The dark green back drop and the ceiling beneath the stairs frames and amplifies the atmosphere and theatre of the Kitchen.”

The bold green counter finish and painted dado to the walls were used as a leading pathway to connect both levels. It was important that customers felt compelled to venture up the stairs to the mezzanine dining room and the rooftop space.


Related Post: Penny Drop Café in Melbourne by We Are Huntly.


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[Images courtesy of We Are Huntly. Photography by Sharyn Cairns.]


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