On the weekend we were invited by Hassell Studio Melbourne to explore and enjoy the Urban Coffee Jungle created for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival bringing a taste of the world's exotic coffee growing regions to the heart of Melbourne by constructing a world first coffee farm in the city. Developed by the Young Designers Group at HASSELL a group of junior designers and those who feel young at heart. They come from all disciplines across the practice and undertake small, usually pro bono projects, which help them, explore and develop their design skills and innovative solutions, as well as have fun. Listening to Brenton Beggs a Landscape Architect at HASSELL speak passionately about this project was inspiring as he shared just how they created this wonderful pop up jungle on the banks of the Yarra river which I am sure was no easy feat.
Interesting facts - 125 coffee trees from a disused coffee plantation in New South Wales were used on the Farm and they have been sold to someone who will replant them in Victoria - Over 2,000 tropical plants were used to create the jungle effect; these will be given back to the nursery that donated them for the duration of the Festival - 1,500 pallets were also donated for the Festival, these will also be returned to the owner and used again once the Festival is over - The shipping containers which are the undercover areas on the Farm were at the end of their life so this is their final destination - Construction took place over 7 days
Story by Richard Misso. To see more by Hassell studio images credited to Bonnie Savage