Morris and Heath is a holistically thought-out interior, bringing upscale design to Melbourne’s western suburbs. The interior manages to create its own moment, its own place, warm and cozy with its disciplined wood palette and strategically placed lighting. Everything is underestimated, nothing in this interior is foreign, and this is one of the most remarkable results seen among this year’s attendees. The wood panels and slats may not be an original idea, but they have been finely detailed and executed in this application, with details such as the “fingertip” scale of the slats giving tactility and a “must touch” appearance on the inside. The functional display multiplies the space even more – a detail that could have been omitted, but which would have diminished the pleasant complexity of the spatial form of the café. As the light changes throughout the day, the screen is there to function as a sort of veil. Overall, this is a deeply positive interior that is timeless and anything but temporary.
Morris and Heath, located at Hoppers Crossing on the outskirts of Melbourne, was motivated by the need to create a place of refuge in contrast to the vast expanse of eucalyptus forests and precast concrete that surround the site. The project, developed in a desire for a larger human scale, seeks to create a destination for the surrounding suburbs. The project is contextualized in its use of mottled gumwood juxtaposed with milled steel and concrete. Wood slats veil the interior of a grueling industrial landscape while reflecting the natural elements and relieving shoppers. Large vertical slats of mottled rubber form retractable doors that greet the customer at the entrance and cast elongated ephemeral shadows on the exposed aggregate concrete floor pitted. Generous leather cushions drape over orthogonal furniture to form benches that mirror the six-meter-long milled steel counter and coffee stand.
Morris and Heath
13 / 24–48 Old Geelong Road
Crossing the Vic 3029 hoppers
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The Eat Drink Design Awards 2017 are organized by Architecture media and Publication of the AGM and supported by the main partner Taubmans; major partners Expected coverage and Shadowfax wines; and support partners Was, stellar works, Menu, Schiavello, Laminex and Latitude.