This redevelopment of an existing car yard and showroom in downtown Wellington created a new coffee bar and cafe for the Zumo coffee brand. The showroom was renovated to add a small commercial kitchen, a servery counter, toilets, seating and a suspended gas fireplace.

The car yard was transformed into a decked courtyard to take advantage of the sunny corner site. Covered seating and a fire pit provide a rare sheltered outdoor space well equipped to keep customers cosy during Wellingtons infamous southerlies.

The open nature of the raised cafe and courtyard space maintain a connection to the streetscape through perimeter planting. The low courtyard edge is defined by a continuous ribbon of coloured metal which ties back to the building signage. The dark band of coated alloy rises and folds over the entryway and covered seating area. Branding perforates the vertical panels to produce striking graphics when illuminated at night.

The design overcomes issues of accessibility generated
by the elevated existing floor level, and fire safety features were upgraded to address the change of use to a hospitality tenancy. JTB Architects coordinated separate consultants during the design phase and procured both resource consent and building consent.

Client: Zumo Coffee

Location: Wellington

Status: Completed 2016

Liam Dunstan, JTB Architects

Liam Dunstan

Senior Architectural Designer