Christchurch cafe wins ADNZ Resene award

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A Christchurch coffee house has wowed the judges of the 2019 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.

Designed by Chris Wheeler of Hierarchy Architecture, Coffee Culture at The Crossing won the Resene Colour in Design Award, along with a regional Commercial Interior Architecture Design Award.

Judges said there were many reasons to love the project — the way the fit-out emulates the decorative circular facade that wraps the building, the organic joinery that efficiently works with the unique shape of the space, and the way the curved counter wraps the back wall, drawing you into the space.

They said the material selection creates cohesiveness and a balanced neutral palette using highly textural finishes and cleverly detailed elements to create a unique, inviting space.

Other pieces of magic include the highly textural mosaic tiles that have been paired with warm, solid timbers and brass detailing. The choice of lush velvet upholstery for the banquet seats which adds softness and comfort. An elegant brass clad wall that draws you in and channels you towards the counter.

Even the flooring is distinctive — a mix of engineered wood merged with a range of terrazzo tiles that works so well to emulate the flow through the space.