Amber Road has completed a new outpost for Dan Jackson, owner and operator of Edition Roasters, in Sydney‘s Haymarket. The humble and evocative 110-square-metre cafe emanates traditional Japanese rural life, existing in stark contrast to the modern city which surrounds it. The highly textured all-black palette sits delicately upon a sculptural, organic interior, creating an instantly familiar space with references to simpler times.
The site came with a 400mm set-down, splitting the existing concrete shell in half. This created an ideal opportunity to create a sunken dining experience, without the need for excavation. With three distinct seating arrangements, patrons can choose a seat along the sunken perimeter under a maple tree, an intimate corner or at the chef’s kitchen, with each one providing a unique experience.The work zone was designed around efficiency and speed with individual stations separated by generous thoroughfares, further articulated through highly tactile Japanese materiality.
This organic all black fit-out is forever in a state of flux. Its reflective polished render deviates from inky indigoes to warmer brown hues depending on light filtration through the ethereal charcoal cotton drops. A deciduous maple, integrated into a timber planter, changes colour alongside the seasonal menu. Charred timbers and painted walls, complement the smell of smokey coffee beans and rich yet simple family recipes on offer. Patrons return to experience the myriad of different dining experiences, unveiling something new with every visit.
“I wanted the space to have an old world, traditional Japanese vibe and feel. With our original store in Surry Hills being very white and clean, I wanted this new store to be the opposite,” explains Dan Jackson, owner/ operator of Edition Roasters. “Both myself, our staff, and customers love this space; spending hours after work chatting, eating together and drinking. A home away from home.”