The previously dark and hidden café at Monash University’s Caulfield Campus has been completely transformed by opening up and pushing out the building envelope. Soaring 3.5-metre-high ceilings, full-height glazing and an open landscaped terrace allow an abundance of natural light and ventilation into the space. A green-coloured stripe enlivens the façade. The materials are carefully and harmoniously selected, reflecting the adjacent green landscape, and complemented by a neutral and light colour palette.
The university envisaged the space operating as a café during student hours with the ability to host faculty functions after hours. Furniture is fixed around the perimeter, and bespoke banquettes in the centre can be wheeled away and tables and chairs stacked to allow for a cocktail function. The café is often used for faculty meetings and student study.
|Architect:||Jackson Clements Burrows Architects|