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Car park café shines bright like a beacon at Melbourne Airport’s T4

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Car park café shines bright like a beacon at Melbourne Airport’s T4

In a time of unprecedented population growth and mobility, it’s inevitable that we will seek to utilise every available space in our landscape, and look to eek out and appropriate underutilised and previously overlooked locations.  Thankfully, there are some clever clients and creatives who seek to do this with beauty, and with the human experience top of mind.

Charged with creating a café bar for airport visitors within a previously underutilised space within Melbourne’s T4 car park, Kosloff Architecture conceived Hanna’s Café as a ‘beacon’, designed to draw in customers  – from dashing passengers to airport employees and contractors – as they make their way towards the terminal. Accordingly, the spaces were designed with careful consideration to ensure the high traffic flow could move efficiently and with ease.

In designing this ‘beacon’, and as a direct counterpoint to the brutalist, multi-level concrete structure into which it is set, Kosloff chose lush materiality to create a glowing interior.  Warm light and a colour palette of blush pink and striking black – highlighted with gold – sets the inviting scheme. And the addition of polished stone anchors and adds complexity to the overall design.

According to Emily Gallagher, Associate with Kosloff Architects, “Fibonacci Stone was selected due to its beautiful range of colours and its aggregate composition which complimented our overall design intent.”  Large format 600x600mm Abstrakt tiles were specified for the interior and exterior bench sides, some of which double as retaining walls for garden beds, which act to further soften the design via the addition of the organic element of plant-life.

Adjacent to the lengthy service area is a striking communal bar table, its presence delineated by its placement within an oval shaped floor tile design in Fibonacci Stone’s ‘Pavlova’.

“Seeing our stone designs set within these highly detailed architectural designs will never get old,” says Fibonacci Stone Creative Director Michael Karakolis. “It’s testament to our own design values, and our belief in the ability of terrazzo stone to play either a leading role or a featured extra part in overall design schemes. We congratulate both Kosloff Architects and Hanna’s café on this beautifully conceived and executed project.”

Photography by Derek Swalwell