design: Hearth Studio
Photographer: Armelle Habib
Market Lane Coffee, Collins St is a soft space to stop in the CBD. Victorian features are exposed, revealing lofty ceilings and detailed cornice work, while additions to the space make it comfortable to wait for take away coffee, sit outside under the trees or cluster in intimate booth spaces.
The brief was to create a beautiful place for customers to pause in the city, while accommodating many staff for a busy inner city service. The design response is informed by views to the gardens, the grand building Portland House and the work of Clarice Beckett (1888 – 1935) a tonalist plein-air painter who worked in the area.
The plan is open, helping the space feel open and accessible despite its narrow thresholds and two rooms.