• Location

    Queensbridge Square, Melbourne

  • Completed

    March 2013

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  • Duration

    4 weeks

Building a true centrepiece

With a proud 20 year history of celebrating the lively food, wine and coffee culture that separates Melbourne from the rest, the 2013 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival hosted over 300 events for food lovers young and old.

As part of this year’s celebration, Schiavello Construction partnered with multidisciplinary design practice HASSELL to create the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar, the true centrepiece of the 2013 festival.

Bespoke design and construction

The concept, designed and developed by HASSELL’s Young Designers Group, interprets a terraced coffee farm, and tells the story of where our coffee comes from, tracing it from cultivation to cup.

Embracing the opportunity to contribute to an exciting community project so intertwined with Melbourne’s rich culture, Schiavello Construction took on the unique task of building a bespoke structure for the project. With a team of six, Schiavello Construction helped HASSELL turn three Port of Melbourne shipping containers, 1,305 raw timber pallets, 175 coffee trees and over a thousand additional trees and plants into the remarkable pop-up icon.

Unique transformation of shipping containers

One of the most unique aspects of the project was transforming once-empty shipping containers into a bistro and kitchen. Schiavello Construction handled the interior construction, installing rustic, raw plywood wall panelling and custom joinery with black laminate and white tiled bench tops.

With nearly 50,000 people passing by the site each day, safety was a top consideration, as was ensuring a minimal disturbance to the area’s commuters, workers, tourists and residents. Schiavello congratulates HASSELL for developing such a creative concept, and is honoured to have been a partner.

Watch the video to learn more: The Building of a Pop-Up Melbourne Icon: The Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar.

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