The conversion of an existing 1950's moderne building corner of Anglesea and London Streets in Hamilton to an avante-garde Coffee Centre with Espresso Bar/Cafe, Roastery, Warehouse and Offices.
Design Engine Architects are New Zealand Green Building Council Members NZGBC and subscribe to the Environmental Sustainable Design Principles. We have been interested in the concept of recycling an existing building by reducing the carbon footprint by minimising demolition and extending the life of the materials with embodied energy. The existing building had good "old bones". Existing industrial warehouse features of expressed structural steel trusses, saw-tooth roof with South facing clerestory windows have been retained and celebrated. Existing concrete floors will be polished and sealed to provide a slick, sophisticated and durable finish. Incremental growth "ugly" additions tacked onto the building have been removed in the new design to make way for a bold new steel and glass cantilevered canopy. Existing small domestic styled windows have been replaced by large scale bifold doors to maximise natural light and ventilation as well as connect the cafe with the active street frontage. A new dimond saw cut opening in the existing First Floor wall of off the form timber plank concrete will provide a "lantern of glass" gives the building renewed presence and branding opportunities.
This project is at Concept Design Stage.