Melbourne, Australia’s former Pentridge Prison is now Pentridge Village, a housing and shopping complex with a cafe that’s a celebration of economy–and design freedom.
Photography by Martina Gemmola via Biasol Design Studio.
Above: The restaurant is the work of Biasol Design Studio of Melbourne, who told us: “We wanted to bring life to the site and allow it to move on from its dark past.” Working with a tight budget, they channeled that life by using plywood paneling and structural timbers inset here and there with playful triangles of color.
Above: The custom tables and stools are also made of plywood. Greenery added throughout softens the angularity.
Above: DIY idea: a wall pendant created with wooden pegs and extra-long cloth cording ending in a simple socket. (For more pendants sources, see our Design Sleuth posts on the Color Cord Company and Wrk-Shp.)
Three of the walls are concrete–the designers used an Australian product called Rockcote
Above: The pastel palette is peppered with touches of black.
Above: The restaurant sign is made of CNC-milled plywood backlit with LED lights.
Jury is in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg.