Močan & Green Grout

Canberra, Australia (2011 - Present)

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In 2011 we conceived and built Močan & Green Grout with partners and friends Dave Alcorn_@mocanandgg _twin-terrors-20151214-Screenshot-33_w on the southeast end of the NewActon South building at NewActon.1 We wanted it to have the Lee Grant_Mocan018_wLee Grant_Mocan012_wLee Grant__DSC2936_w warmth and familiarity of domestic settings, where kitchen and dining become one.

This tiny restaurant unleashed the cultural language and experience, which ended up guiding Hotel Hotel.

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It has been a favourite drop-in place for Canberrans and visitors from day one. Močan & Green Grout places cooking and food preparation Dave Alcorn_@mocanandgg _20151214-Screenshot-2000_w in the centre, with benches for chefs Dave Alcorn_@mocanandgg _20151214-Screenshot-27_w set amongst their Dave Alcorn_@mocanandgg _20151214-Screenshot-28_w guests. The café serves fair-trade coffee, produce sourced from local farmers, and herbs grown in the Lee Grant_Fairy ring_Mocan069_w planters at the front door.

Project NameMočan & Green Grout
Project TypeHospitality business
Design TeamMolonglo Group, Dave Alcorn, Myles Chandler, Erin Hinton
Size62 seats
StatusCompleted 2013

NewActon is a precinct on the edge of Canberra’s city centre that Molonglo Group is progressively restoring. It is built on the heritage grounds of Acton House, a late 1920s temporary housing facility for newly arrived employees of the capital. NewActon does at a precinct scale what the Burley Griffins attempted to achieve for the city: vegetable gardens deliver produce to the precinct restaurants; nature and architecture collide; and the architectural envelope folds into flora and art. The high-rise apartments (high but not too high) also feed into this ground level generously.