Designed by Parsonson Architects, Loretta café and restaurant is the ‘little sister’ of Floriditas Cafe a few doors down Cuba Street in Wellington, New Zeland.
Opened in May 2014, Loretta has already been named by Australian Vogue as one of the hippest places in the capital.
The 300 m² venue has had several guises since it was built around 1910, including as an arcade to a picture theatre and most recently as a commercial bakery with a small café fronting Cuba Street.
The space was stripped out to reveal elements of the original building and to make a connection through to Swan Lane at the rear.
The restaurant design, created by Parsonson architects and built by Planit Construction Ltd, maintained the existing concrete ground floor as well as the existing ceilings made of concrete painted and fire proof veneered slats with acoustic batting behind.
A variety of spatial qualities are achieved through dividing the long narrow space into different zones, with views filtered through steel screens creating a sense of intimacy in a space that can seat up to 120 people.
The kitchen is part of the dining room to enable bar staff to work alongside the chefs and the clients to see it adding a sense of theatre.
To date Loretta restaurant project has been awarded the 2014 Best Restaurant Interior of the year by Urbis Magazine and the 2015 Wellington Architecture Awards in the category Hospitality and Retail.