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Free to Feed

Architect: Circle Studio Architects

North | N08

Free to Feed is a not-for-profit social enterprise, providing opportunity and advocacy to refugees, asylum seekers, and new migrants through food-oriented ventures. The organisation seeks to nurture entrepreneurialism and celebrate traditions, memories, and stories, and share it with the wider community. This year, a new space was conceived to host feasts, workshops, cooking classes, community events, and sell spices. As the space needed to operate in a myriad of ways, flexibility was key. It needed to be able to be packed away when required, and be adaptable enough to evolve as Free to Feed grows. Colour became key in creating the mood on a tight budget. The colours were inspired by an image of a spice market with earthy tones, pinks, and terracottas. This became the palette that ran through the interior; the aim was to create a workspace that was warm, bright and playful. Trestle-style tables and fold-down benches were dimensioned and cut to minimise material wastage, and power was brought to the centre of the space through adapted terracotta pendant fittings. The project also received generous contributions, including Anchor Ceramics who donated the ten pendants, while artist Spencer Harrison created the mural.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-2pm

  • What's Open: Main shopfront

  • Tour Details: Owner of Free to Feed conducting the guided tours Tours at every 15 minutes, running for 15 minutes, in groups of 20

  • Special Programming: The opening will showcase some of the Entrepreneurs in Free to Feed's food business incubator. Try some tasty samples and see an insight into the workings of the social enterprise. Free to Feed will get some things cooking in the main space to show the versitility, and give people an opportunity ro chat with entrepreneurs about their ideas.

  • Building Type: Community

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Access: Limited mobility

  • Year Built: 2017

  • Website: circlestudio.com.au

  • Transport: Tram stop: Clarendon St/High St on route 86

  • Photo Credit: Jade Cantwell

  • Tour Type: Guided & self-guided

Location

539 High Street, Northcote 3070, VIC

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