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Dark prison becomes light Cafe

Once a prison, Jury cafe is a light and playful space.

Dark prison becomes light Cafe


January 28th, 2015


From the designer:

Jury Cafe is located within the bluestone walls of a Melbourne historical site: Pentridge Village – formerly Pentridge Prison. The prison was decommissioned in 1997.

As an interior design project, Jury presented several unique challenges to our studio: we wanted to respect its dark past as a prison, and we also wanted to breathe new life into the cafe for its patrons to enjoy.




The theme of irreverence led us to play with ideas – ideas that created a contrast between dark bluestone walls and a palette of bright colours and blond timbers. Along with these ideas of colour, we used a mix of raw materials, plywood, structural timbers and concrete that allowed us to form a geometric colour pattern within the feature wall of Jury.



This structure created a playful effect, one that brought the site to life and allowed it to move on from its dark past, as well as embrace a sense of fun for the future. We softened the space further by adding greenery from Pop Plant; we also designed bespoke tables and stools that are, again, all made from natural materials.

The result is a cafe that even Chopper Read would have frequented during his time in ‘H’ division.



Photography by Martina Gemmola

Name of designer or designer office: Biasol: Design Studio
Location of the project (city/country): Melbourne, Australia
Completion: March 2014
Area: 47sqm
Furniture & Lighting: Tables and Stools – Custom crafted.
Pendants from Nud Collection – http://nudcollection.com/
Bulbs from Plumen – http://plumen.com/


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