Architectural design – whether residential, retail or industrial – must not only respond to specific current requirements but also allow for flexibility and change as the use of a building evolves over time. The goal was to re-imagine space, converting an existing motor mechanic’s workshop into a market-style food hall in just six weeks. The project needed a mark of quality: Melba Food Hall wanted to be noticed, attracting custom not only to itself but also to the somewhat worn-out precinct. A flexible layout was needed; as a new business, the owners wanted to be able to readily adapt the space to different product ranges as they grew to understand their customers’ needs. Starting with what was essentially an empty warehouse, our approach included the use of shaped, floating panels. This avoided the time and cost to fully line the building. Careful selection and use of lighting, a subdued palette and the use of native timbers created light and space and allowed Melba’s fresh product to be put on show.

Melba Food Hall

  • Year: 2007
  • Location: West Brunswick
  • Builder: Leeda Projects

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