Dux Coffee by Pierce Widera


◥ Situated in a hidden arcade in an inner city suburb of Melbourne, this minuscule shop boasts a big personalit­y. At only 24 square metres, it is higher than it is deep, exposing its history: old rafters, clerestory windows, a pressed metal ceiling and rich copper facade detail hidden behind layers of dust. Pierce Widera chose to embrace this history in its design narrative. The floor has been restored, the pressed metal repaired and the copper detailing acidcleane­d. The focal point of the space is the monolithic concrete bar. Apart from hosting the coffee machine, with all its accessorie­s, the bar sits confidentl­y in front of the bagged brick wall and incorporat­es a generous glass pastry display.

Photograph­y — Derek Swalwell

Pierce Widera — piercewide­

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