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Machete is the brainchild of a couple who met in New York who share different origins, one hailing from New Zealand and the other Guatemala. It is a true melting pot of these partners’ lives and the full amalgamation of passions, culture, and heritage. Spacework’s role in this journey was facilitating the physical realisation of this dream, creating a beautiful and inviting space in the process that fully encapsulates this couple’s unique story and dream.

With a brand new refurbished building, we had the luxury of working with a completely blank shell, however, we still had the challenge of trying to fulfill the special vision for the space held by the owners. At the front of the café sits a large wooden table on an earthly woven rug which defines that space. Shelves flank the walls to display authentic products that would help stimulate any coffee fanatic’s cravings. Overhead sits industrial lamps, with the tone reflected throughout the rest of the space.

At the heart of Machete sits a large natural wooden counter, wrapped in a beautiful collection of black and white tiles; an artwork in itself. Around this sits bar stools so that the owners can interact with their customers as they prepare the food and coffee from a fully open kitchen, further enhancing the dining experience. Ultimately a space has been created that fully realises the initial dream the couple conceived while in Guatemala. Machete see’s New York meet Mexican heritage, and is a space more than capable of housing the beautiful coffee and tacos created within. If you are ever down that way, we would more than insist you pay this fabulous place a visit.

ClientMachete CoffeeLocationTe Aro, WellingtonYear2017Size130 m2ServicesSite Feasibility • Space Planning • Concept Design • Developed Design • Hard Fit-Out Co-Ordination • Soft Fit-Out Co-Ordination • Tender Review & Analysis • Building Consent Management • Detailed Drawings & Documentation • Project Management • Furniture Solutions • Branding & Graphic DesignContractorUltraBuild

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