Hospitality / 2015
This project involved converting an underutilised entry courtyard in front of a terrace housing a dentist clinic into a vibrant café serving specialty coffee. Located in a busy pedestrian area of Kogarah, the café is a small weatherboard-clad kiosk, with recycled timber benchtops.
The space blends into its heritage context with minimal detailing and recessive colours, allowing the specialty coffee and personal service (the owner is also the barista) to be at the forefront of the offering. Stay Handsome caters for a variety of experiences: the quick take-away coffee ordered from the footpath, a lingering sit-down coffee, or an espresso at the verandah bar.
The design and styling reflects the owners European background by evoking the character of old-fashioned bistro’s or kiosks dotted through parks in Europe. The project re-instates the importance of the humble kiosk in contemporary hospitality design practice, recalling its historical significance as a key architectural element in the streets and parks of our cities.