Mim Design : Au79 Café

The result of the rehabilitation of a former garage in Melbourne (Australia) by the Australian architecture agency Mim Design, Au79 is a coffee reinterpreting the codes of the botanical garden. Abundant light, luxuriant vegetation and soft colors invite guests to enjoy their breakfast in a serene atmosphere.

The name of this boudoir of 600 square meters on one level does not come from its address, but from one of the most valuable elements of the periodic table: gold, whose chemical symbol and atomic number are Au79. Many winks to the precious material fill the place, starting with a blackboard with the inscription "Gold is the new black".


Yet, the place lies at light years of the incredible decorations that such an inspiration lets imagine. When one enters this old hangar, one realizes quickly that here, natural and simplicity are the key words. Divided into three distinct dining areas - a bakery-coffee counter in the west, a dining area to the east and a second, behind, more dedicated to special events and big bookings - Mim Design has retaining the industrial aspect of the original building, for example by showing plumbing elements on the ceiling or leaving the polished concrete floor unchanged, thus creating a contemporary loft spirit.

However, far from wanting to play on the past manufacturing of address, the designers associate it with an arrangement similar to that of a greenhouse, in which plants and terra cotta pots rub shoulders with wood and glazed walls. An organic environment that juxtaposes with the simple and comfortable furnishings as well as the pastel shades of the counters and various details, does not omit the references to the brilliance of the material to which it echoes.

For the sober elements are not that much. Indeed, light brass borders decorating the benches, the floor and the counters, with the coppery light suspensions, the gold is here arranged by keys and discretely integrate to the organic decoration. In the manner of a fallow factory in which nature would have resumed its rights, Au79 reminds us that "authenticity is golden".

The ideal place to start your day with a return to the roots.

To learn more, visit the site of Mim Design

Photographs: Peter Clarke

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