30 m2 / 325 sf
Danielle Peck, Anastasia Doukakaros
New wall panelling was designed to support the custom shelving system and is set a distance off the walls to appear floating with large Pine vertical structure that barely touches the ground. The panels are coated in a translucent varnish that allows the particleboard grain underneath to feature, reflecting an honest approach to the material properties. The floating nature of new elements are in contrast to the heavy brick walls of the original store; a nod to the oft-transient nature of retail spaces, but also accepting the space as a continuum of past, present and future. There are architectural clues to be found throughout the fitout, revealing the sites history and acknowledging the original occupant - which was in fact, Mr. Gillies, an Englishman who ran a butcher’s shop. The inclusion of a large custom laminated Radiata Pine “butchers block”, which serves as the point of sale location within a central top-heavy counter, stainless steel accent shelves, a wash basin reminiscent of something you might find in the farmer’s paddock and the occasional copper butchers hook supporting a delicate towel are some of the ‘hints’.