Higher Ground
DesignOffice
Melbourne CBD, VIC, Australia

Sean Fennessy

Higher Ground is an all-day dining destination on the western edge of Melbourne’s CBD. The former power station was reimagined to create 6 new connected levels which wrap around the perimeter of the original brick building to create a suite of intimate tiered platforms.
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Higher Ground by DesignOffice - Photographed by Sean Fennessy.

From The Design Studio

DesignOffice were commissioned by Nathan Toleman and the team behind Top Paddock and The Kettle Black to create a new all-day destination for food and drink close by Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station.

The design approach was anchored around the creation of a series of tiered platforms, providing both intimacy and layered perspective within the vast site.

The new architectural interventions are designed to sit with deliberate tension between the existing brick and concrete forms. Midnight blue staircases are expressed as confident geometric steel forms abutting the soaring columns which support the residential development above.

The rich and tactile palette combines terrazzo, cork, painted steel, stone, black fibre board and solid timbers to define and anchor each setting. Layers of planting, rugs, furniture and lighting inhabit the levels to provide a range of seating options for customers from morning through to the evening.

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Higher Ground by DesignOffice - Photographed by Sean Fennessy.

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Higher Ground by DesignOffice - Photographed by Sean Fennessy.

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Higher Ground by DesignOffice - Photographed by Sean Fennessy.

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Higher Ground by DesignOffice - Photographed by Sean Fennessy.

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Higher Ground by DesignOffice - Photographed by Sean Fennessy.

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Credits

Studio -

 DesignOffice

Photographer -

 Sean Fennessy

Client -

 Higher Ground

Collaborators -

 Basis Builders

Collaborators -

 Profile Furniture

Collaborators -

 BREC

Collaborators -

 JB Elliot

Completion Date -

 June 2016

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