Batch Burgers and Espresso, located in Kirribilli, Australia and designed by Giant Design, this retro-styled fast food space had to have it all. Ed Kenny, Director of Giant Design, explains:
A burger bar that is also sells espresso and cold-drip coffee. That was the client’s brief, and hence the challenge was set to deliver a concept that spoke not only of the ultimate in fast food, but that the venue was also serious about coffee. It had to work for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and make the most of the 27m2 site with no offsite storage options.
Our research saw us filtering archetypical details from Art Deco American diners, through the aesthetics of contemporary coffee/café design. The result is a classic diner format of high bar seating around the kitchen, finished with a leather countertop, riveted steel trim, moulded timber cladding and upholstered stools atop a checkered vinyl floor. Recycled bricks and vintage style light fittings bring home the contemporary feel, whilst neon signage and retro graphics (by Holy Cow) add retro cool factor.
A greater sense of space is achieved through the use of mirrors, and warm lighting keeps the space inviting day through night. Storage issues were resolved with a large bulkhead above the counter, which also helps to frame views to the kitchen’s pressed stainless steel panels beyond. In the morning, the counter’s circular corner provides a display area for fresh pastries and evolves throughout the day to offer a handy collection point for take away coffees and burgers.
The end result worked perfectly with the existing Art Deco shopfront and creates a beacon to its surroundings.
Images © Andrew Worssam Photography