A foyer-cafe without the foyer-cafe vibe. Housed in a 60s low-rise office building, Whistle & Flute brings a pulse to an under-utilised part of the city. A timber & glass pod ties into the foyer adjacent while the light, airy and green courtyard creates sanctuary in a car-oriented environment.
The brief called for the transformation of a basic foyer tenancy into something special – a ‘destination’. The site was challenging in many respects; it is adjacent a foyer, in a renovated 60s low-rise office building on a main road without a lot of foot traffic. The response was to introduce a ‘fine-grain’ to the existing build in the form of a detailed, immersive space. The major design move was to split the tenancy into two distinctly different spaces. The interior is restrained and engages with the foyer, this is contrasted by the space outside; an open, airy, timber framed garden. Whistle & Flute, cockney slang for suit, references the local corporate crowd and stems from the owners’ nostalgia for time spent in the UK. The fit-out is a balancing act between a slightly English identity and a contextually appropriate and highly-functional space that is also warm and inviting.