Sean Fennessy
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
PaintsDulux Australia
Whisper White PN1F2
Crisp in WhiteRich Brilliant Willing
Safetred Universal Plus Vinyl Flooring in CloudyTarkett
Powder coated steel table with vinyl topCustom1
Solo Chair in TurquoiseDistrict

Product Spec Sheet
Whisper White PN1F2 by Dulux Australia
Crisp in White
Safetred Universal Plus Vinyl Flooring in Cloudy
by Tarkett
Powder coated steel table with vinyl top
by Custom1
Solo Chair in Turquoise

Vacation Café

Therefore as Architects

With a literal nod to the name Vacation, the design of this small café aims to reflect a sense of escapism and delight. Abstracted form, colour and pattern are somehow nostalgic and otherworldly at the same time, exuding vibrancy in an otherwise sedate CBD context.


Vacation is the eponymous flagship outlet for a new coffee roasting label. The vibrant, young, operators share a more relaxed approach to specialty coffee, and their briefing called for the interior to clearly express this distinction.


The tight corner site required a compact and functional plan with consideration for high demand periods. A linear, flowing, arrangement of service and circulation was enabled through the considered placement of opposing doors.


Staff serve from both sides of a large central bar, promoting efficiency and interaction. Furniture is grouped to the perimeter to allow for areas of respite.


Existing low ceilings were removed revealing the hidden internal volume of the heritage building. New fenestration maximises daylight, and purposeful interior lighting creates intimacy within the larger shell. The chosen finishes favour lustre, texture and colour, while forms are often curved to further amplify the play of light.


The design unifies a broad range of nostalgic references into a space of clarity and intrigue. The scale and spatial qualities of the interior go beyond that of surface treatments and furnishings, immersing the patron in an evocative experience and unique design language.

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