The brief was to combine the 2 interests of 2 clients - one a provider of quality fresh produce, the other a restaraunter of repute - in one outlet.
The name is a tongue in cheek reference to the latin / italian word for cafeteria that provides fast food to anyone who walks in
La Mensa shars the ground floor of the Australian Centre for Photography.
Roselli removed crosswalls to create what reads as a high 'L' shaped space. He also divided the faÃ¯Â¿Â½ade into 3 glazed bays seperated by masonary piers.
Low level wired glass louvres open fopr ventilation.
At the rear, access to a simple rectilinear courtyard has been enlarged. An otherwise white fitout is splashed with bright coloured chairs.
Fresh produce and the preparation of food - are arranged on opposite sides of the space.
Between these 2 areas the elevated communal table serves customers