Code Black Coffee, Melbourne

We’re bringing you another coffee shop, this time Melbourne-based coffee roasting company, Code Black. Interior Architects, Zwei, converted two inner-city warehouses, combining an office and coffee shop, where the roasting process is on full display.

The original warehouse windows were kept, while the rest of the space is lit by warm yellow bulbs.

Dark and moody, the space features steel framing, polished concrete, and stained OSB board throughout, creating a raw, industrial aesthetic that playfully reflects the colours and textures of rich, dark coffee.

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SHED 5, Melbourne

Melbourne restaurant, SHED 5, is a 19th century heritage listed former dock and wool store on the Yarra Waterfront. The predominantly industrial feel of the space is characterised throughout with the use of steel, timber and ceramics, including a three-tonne steel bar, a two-tonne rolled steel seat and banquette and a tiled feature wall.

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Special design features emphasise historic features inherit by the building such as the restored 120 year old timber floors and the original booking office space, beautifully restored for its current use as a private dining room and cellar.  Reclaimed fixtures like industrial pendant lights from an old English railway station have been introduced to continue the general mechanical look and feel of the restaurant.

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Madrid Hub Offices

Churtichaga + Quadra + Salcedo Arquitectos (SH + QS) have transformed an abandoned garage from the 40s in Madrid into timeshare offices. Transform is probably too strong a word, since the architects wisely decided to leave much of what they found in the space intact in order to preserve the original character of the space. With minimal intervention the designers upgraded the space to make it both functional and sustainable. The building now provides working space, as well as a gathering space for cultural activities in the neighborhood.

The existing concrete floor was replaced by a wooden floor that immediately giving the space a warmer feel.

A skylight was set in the roof to provide natural light for the main working and collaboration space.

The majority of the space was furnished with recycled furniture donated by the hub owners and this creates a playful, mix and match vintage feel. Wooden fruit crates were used to fill in the gaps of furniture still need. Shelves, stools and coffee tables as well as a ticket office and even a ladder was constructed from these.

An unusual touch is the little orange tree that was planted in a gap in the floor to bring a bit of the outdoors into the space.

Peeling paint was covered with a special resin to keep what is left of it intact and revealing the marks and scratches of time.

A mezzanine was constructed in the main space under which there are rooms isolated for meetings. The interiors of these rooms are lined with recycled wool felt to provide sound isolation for private meetings and media.

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The Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski

Andre Kikosi has completely transformed a disused warehouse in Brooklyn, New York into The Wyckoff Exchange, an organic food market and live music venue. The building boasts a new motorised Corten steel skin, nodding to the structure’s industrial past. The facade panels can fold out to shelter the pavement and open the space to the street.

The structure takes on a dramatic alter ego by night when the facade is lit by hundreds of LEDs in the perforations of the skin, giving the building a glowing appearace that reflects the vibrancy of the neighbourhood.

(Images via Dezeen)