Foundation Cafe - Christchurch


Our Clients secured the Ground Floor cafe lease in Tūranga, Christchurch’s new state of the art library on the corner of Cathedral Square and Gloucester Street, and began trading in their glossy new eatery in October 2018.

Significantly experienced hospitality owner-operators, with firm ideas around functionality and food offering meant for smooth project planning.

The brief was to deliver a stylish design for a seven day cafe operation on the entry level of the new building and a satellite espresso kiosk on the First Floor.

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The allocated area was a generous 180m2 internal space, the front of house occupying the North West corner, and back of house functionality bisected by a building service stair core.

This allowed for significant separation of the clean and dirty functions of the cafe operation.


The central wall between front and back of house operations was ideal to set the cookline, counter service, and bar areas against.

Overhead services were concealed with coloured perforated screening, which allows for a wash of light to pass through to the restaurant area.

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Turquoise coloured tile sets a strong design statement and is complemented by brass materials and black accents to give the space its own identity within the more neutral palette of the base-build.

All materials were considered for their durability in a busy cafe environment.