Močan & Green Grout

Canberra, Australia (2011 - 2017)

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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 NewActon1NewActon 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. South building at NewActon. 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 our other project 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 food2Our interest in food manifests theoretically and practically. As well as working with producers we’ve become producers ourselves: the NewActon garden supplies A. Baker fresh produce and we collect honey from our East Lake Foreshore for Monster kitchen and bar. 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 Name Močan & Green Grout
Project Type Hospitality business
Design Team Molonglo Group, Dave Alcorn, Myles Chandler, Erin Hinton
Size 62 seats
Status Completed 2013