The conversion of an existing three-storey commercial building in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, into an all-day deli and eatery.

Informed by the Italian heritage of our clients and the linear nature of the site, our design response draws inspiration from the historic and narrow alleyways of Italy and other surrounding European cities. Commonly lined with eateries, shops and residences, these quaint thoroughfares are abundant with culture, history, and texture. The Via Porta design response seeks to evoke this sense of nostalgia that resonates with Italy. The palette, informed by the works of Carlo Scarpa, is intentionally textural and neutral referencing the aged and honest beauty of these traditional streets, whilst not deterring from the array of food products to be retailed.