Eat street

A departure from standard food courts, this space offers a variety of seating areas and views
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Plan view of the foodcourt

The novelty of going to a food court is being able to choose the type of food you want to eat. However, your choice of seating is usually confined to a central cafeteria-style area with an outlook limited to the retail outlets that surround it.

The food hall featured here, known as Mezza9nine, turns this concept around, says Penny Algie, national leasing managerfor Two Double Seven, the inner-city shopping centre in which the space is located.

"We wanted to create a destination food area that would be appropriate for the type of clientele we attract. It needed to be a modern, stimulating environment that offered lots of different places for people to sit, eat and socialise," she says.

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A glazed balcony overlooks the street.

The target customer base included a captive business market, discerning shoppers and school children. Research included visiting overseas shopping centres and working with a food consultant to find out what food sold well, and how it could be differentiated to provide customers with more choices, says Algie. The menus of the nine tenancies were critiqued to ensure a wide selection of food would be available.

Architects and interior designers from Ignite worked closely with the developers to create an area that met all the requirements. Located on the second level of the recently refurbished shopping centre, the space is light and airy, thanks to the large glazed dome ceiling. Glazed balustrades permit views of a circular void that connects the various levels of the shopping centre. Using escalators, customers moving up through the void to the food area are continuously aware of the activity going on both above and below them.

On arrival, they can choose from a variety of places to sit for their meal. Architect Terry Salmon says part of the design concept was to create the feeling of eating in the open air. Automatic glass sliding doors provide access to a partially glazed balcony that overlooks a main street. Here, Shugg windows can be opened on fine days and louvres in the roof, complete with a rain sensor, enhance the alfresco ambience. A glazed wall on the perimeter of the main space provides an alternative view of the streetscape below.

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Food outlets are on the outer curved wall of the food court.

A staircase with glass balustrading leads to a small mezzanine floor. As with the rest of the food hall, it contains an range of seating options, including booths, stools and regular tables and chairs. The chunky, contemporary shape of the pieces works well with the natural, earthy colours found in the finishes, which include wenge laminated table tops, chrome frames and leather-look upholstery.

Cementitious topping flooring in graduating colours and textures and American oak veneer ceiling panels create a muted backdrop to the colourful fitouts of each tenancy. Interior designer Simon Stracey says this combination emphasises the layers of space, underlining a sense of discovery.

"Within the area are small pockets of space where people can feel comfortable, enjoy a privileged view and have an intimate conversation."

Jul 18, 2003

Credit list

Architect and interior designer
Ignite (Auckland)
Main contractor
Mainzeal Construction
Mechanical and electrical engineer
Norman Disney & Young
Symonite ACM Panel
Glazed balcony
Shugg windows with powdercoated aluminium joinery from Framerite
Legge Ingersol Rand from Sopers
Column cladding
Pre-finished MDF in Wenge 605 veneer from First Edition
Botticcino and Dolomite porcelain wall and floor tiles from Heritage Tiles and SCE
Stratica vinyl from Hills Flooring
Heating and air conditioning
temperzone from Economech
Leaners and booth seating
Custom made by Savory
Riccolinia Max from Pyramid Interiors
Project managers
Carson Group
Structural engineer
Buller George Engineers
Quantity surveyor
Maltby & Partners
Fire consultant
Holmes Fire & Safety
Steelspan 900 Colour Steel
Door joinery
Timber and aluminium from Doors Plus
Temperband toughened glass from Glass Relate
Window glazing
Solar Reflective Blue Green Eclipse from Metropolitan Glass
Fosroc-Cemtop cementitious topping from Italian Stone; Stratica vinyl flooring from Hills Flooring
American oak decorative veneer from Forman Ceilings
Specialist lighting
Custom made by Fersa Light Technic
Bishmans Electrical
Wenge laminate top with chrome legs custom made by Pyramid Interiors
Additional furniture
Custom made by Kada
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