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Christchurch’s new caffeine hub

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Supreme Supreme – Christchurch. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Supreme’s new South Island headquarters. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

 

Development may feel like it’s taking forever in central Christchurch, but the coffee options just broadened with the opening of Supreme’s new South Island headquarters. The Supreme team worked with architect Jessica Barter of Bureaux to convert a building that has served as a Land Rover dealership and, more latterly, as the Chinese goods emporium Hop Yick.

Supreme Supreme – Christchurch. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Canvas bar fronts reference the building’s previous incarnation as a Land Rover dealership. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

 

Barter synthesised both these historical influences as she developed the café’s design: the powder-coated steel furniture and splashbacks reference the robust elegance of old Land Rovers (as do the canvas bar fronts), while the soft grey palette and grid patterns routed into the ash cabinetry fronts and wall panels were inspired by an old Hop Yick ledger book left in the building.

Supreme Supreme – Christchurch. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Supreme’s Christchurch café is equipped with barista training facilities. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

 

Yes, Supreme has outlets elsewhere – Auckland, Melbourne, Wellington – but Christchurch represents a significant investment, not only because it’s the company’s first café with a full kitchen (there are plans to open in the evenings in Christchurch, too). Barista training facilities, a roastery and the South Island team’s offices are also in the building, only slightly separated from the main café space by frosted glass panels.

Supreme Supreme – Christchurch. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Frosted glass panels separate the Supreme team from the café proper. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

 

And while Supreme’s Auckland location, also known as Good One, is justly proud of its improvisational aesthetic, here in Christchurch things are intentionally built to last. “The most important thing was to give the people of Christchurch something that felt like a home, that was cool and crafted and permanent,” Barter says.

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Supreme Supreme – Christchurch. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

This ‘double happy’ neon is one of many references to the building’s previous life as the Chinese goods emporium Hop Yick. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Supreme Supreme – Christchurch. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Supreme Supreme’s counter, full of baked goods. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Supreme Supreme – Christchurch. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Recurring grid patterns were inspired by an old Hop Yick ledger book left in the building. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Supreme Supreme – Christchurch. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

A nighttime view of the café. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

Supreme Supreme – Christchurch. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

The interior design features a soft grey palette and an abundance of ash cabinetry. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

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