MOANA was a mixed-use occupation of a vacant first floor in the heart of the Perth CBD.
Comprising a Cafe, Gallery, and co-working space, the project was designed to touch as many different demographics as possible and a diversity of usage times and types.
Imagined as an exemplar project demonstrating how vacant first floors can be reoccupied efficiently and economically, the project worked hard with existing building codes and expert consultants to get qualitative readings to avoid unnecessary expenses and destructive construction. As a turn-of-the-century ballroom once regarded as the ‘finest in all the commonwealth’, the project approach was to preserve and celebrate the existing built character wherever possible.
The gallery becomes the major spatial insertion, reacting to the dynamics of the room subtly, a kink to take the entry door, a flick to reveal more of the ornate ceiling, a fold to allow entry, and a little hole punch for a coffee pass.
The cafe occupies the front of the space, spilling life out onto the balcony and into the life of the street. A signal of activity happening off of our ground level public plane.
In the rear is a co-working space where businesses are co-located in the grandness of the space and with the amenity of an on-site cafe and meeting rooms.