Melba Food Hall

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. This, and the ‘need for speed’, characterised our approach to the creation of a retail space, Melba Food Hall, in West Brunswick.

The goal was to re-imagine space, converting a motor mechanic’s workshop into a market-style food hall in just six weeks. The project needed a mark of quality: Melba Food Hall needed to get 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 show itself off.

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