Diesoline – supreme winner of the inaugural Dunedin Heritage Re-use Awards

This Dunedin heritage building was almost ‘Man Alone’, as others of its ilk fell to the sword. Now, thanks to its renovation, it’s good to go for some years yet.

Images: Graham Warman

### architecturenow.co.nz Posted 8 Sep 2011
Source: Interior – Sep 2011 (issue: 1)
Sympathetic renovation of Dunedin heritage building
By Michael Barrett
Dunedinites Luke Johnston and Tania Vorrath didn’t let inexperience in the field of heritage building upgrades deter them from taking on this project. The building in question, a late 1800s double-storey brick building, was looking a like a sole survivor in its neighbourhood, 50m back from the Octagon, that was giving way to carparks and modern mid-rise buildings. As an explanation for the building’s survival, Johnston explains that the “building’s significance is in its relative insignificance — it has remained defiantly original”.

Johnston’s idea was to turn this once-unloved building into a contemporary space with character aspects that the public could enjoy. Central Melbourne, with its lanes and lively spaces, was a reference point. The development brief was to revitalise the interior and exterior, providing accommodation for mixed modern uses — Vorrath’s Diesoline Espresso at street level and the boutique office spaces of Johnston’s advertising agency, BrandAid, above.
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Diesoline Espresso, 7 Bath Street, Dunedin
ODT Online 11.3.11 Heritage building use celebrated

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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5 responses to “Diesoline – supreme winner of the inaugural Dunedin Heritage Re-use Awards

  1. Anne Elliot

    Definitely heading there soonest, for the experience and for the coffee. I will also look into their Full English Breakfast :).

  2. Stu

    It’s a lovely building. Use their free wireless while you are there :-)

  3. Anne Elliot

    I am planning to arrive in style with my 11″ MacBook Air from the outer reaches (sometimes called the back blocks) of the DCC. Because the DCC is, indeed, vast. So vast that it is able to hit the pockets of farmers in this region big time to pay for the stadium. We are in some cases talking about $2000+ per farm per annum. And many do not mind, it seems, their masculinity dependent on the tradition of rugby.

  4. Anne

    What! A parked bicycle causing offence to the tune of 26 complaints. Sounds like a set-up to me. Probably from disgruntled DCC staff, who cannot go there for their favourite coffees anymore. And I, who was going to smuggle my iPod with cute little microphone in there!

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