How can design shape life?


Examining the familiar daily coffee ritual and investigating how our choices and actions can have minimal or maximum environmental consequences.

By making educated choices we can each play a part in the health of the planet. The pavilion is off-grid and demonstrates the use of solar power, water collection, battery storage and recycled / environmental material selections within a temporary coffee outlet. The design also investigates and communicates the provenance of coffee beans, sustainable cups and coffee waste as a circular economy. The pavilion will be installed during Melbourne Design Week, 12-22 March.

The pavilion is a temporary popup form that showcases sustainable, off grid design and has been a test case for a cafe that works within the ethos of a circular economy.

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Designed using 118 solar panels, three Tesla off grid Powerwalls a, repurposed milk crates, recycled plastic sheet, and repurposed timber

Code Black Coffee utilises single group espresso coffee machines and pour over coffee, and the coffee for the duration of the Melbourne Design Week event will be free.

Code Black Coffee is sourced direct from the growers in South and Central America

Coffee grounds will be collected into bins and used by Reground for composting, mushroom and worm farming throughout Melbourne

Mushrooms showcase the reuse of coffee grounds, rather than going to landfill.

Bring your own cup so we aren’t contributing to landfill through the use of single use takeaway cups

The pavilion collects rainwater from the roof through the central gutter, and waste water will also be collected from the cafe to be repurposed after the event.

Recycled plastic tubing from a Victorian supplier is used, who takes post-consumer plastic waste, reduces it to flakes, heats and reforms the plastic into a workable sheet material.