Crown Casino, Melbourne
Red Design Group's interior solution for Cafe Baci gives equal standing to both the generic architecture for both Crown and the operator – so they each enjoy each other’s space and coexist comfortably. Having completed a diversity of projects at Crown ensures this intuitive knowledge of their specific needs.
Circulation was a primary consideration in approaching the refurbishment of Cafe Baci's expanded space for operator Len Di Pietro on the ground floor of Crown's hospitality and retail precinct. So too was our collaboration with the architecture practice responsible for external works at the project outset to establish the interior/exterior interface.
As a large connecting area between two parallel streets, (Crown’s Retail Street and riverside promenade), the design of Cafe Baci smartly incorporates cosy dining spaces courtesy of custom designed steel framed booths. These effectively separate the dining experience from the pedestrian thoroughfare without the need for an imposing wall. A colourful herringbone patterned feature wall clad in timber is a manoeuvre that makes for a stately entry, while positioning several quaint tables against it and underneath delicate pendant lighting maximises otherwise dead space.
A dramatic honeycomb shaped anodised aluminium light fitting, custom designed by Red Design Group's Senior Designer, Stephen Tieppo, fosters a more intimate dining experience within the space's large volume while referencing the external canopy architecture. Of the mix of finishes to the bar and food area facades "there’s the design intent of creating a sense of movement across the three key offers - the food display, the coffee station and the bar," explained Tieppo.
An innovative interpretation of the brief's request for a gelati offer was the gelati box concept - structurally and strategically pushes the product out onto the promenade. The design has given Cafe Baci its own commanding presence in the context of Retail Street.