Australian coffee brand Primo - who up until now has been known for roasting its own blends for over three generations - has made a high visibility high street debut by tasking Sydney architects Enter Projects for LOT.1, a restaurant, bar and café.
Located in the John Solomon building - a late Victorian warehouse - on York Street in the city's CBD, the venue's interior is dominated by a seemingly seamless piece of furling wood veneer, inspired by the patterns baristas create on a caffé latte. ‘The firm interpreted the everyday, familiar coffee swirl pattern and transformed that into a fully functioning venue,’ says Director, Patrick Keane.
Circulating round the 945 sq metre space, the geometric gymnastics are offset by the building’s original features: exposed brick sandstone walls, wooden columns and old steel work. Currently seating 600 on the ground floor and basement, the café, restaurant and bar will be supplemented with private lounges and dinner booths, due to launch soon.