Free State Kitchen
Located in a former ecclesiastical building in the Mount Pleasant Conservation area of Liverpool, Free State Kitchen is an independently-run restaurant. MGMA worked closely with the clients, a Liverpool-based team, assisting them in the choice of location, development of the branding and design concept, through to construction and fit-out.
The intimate dining room is entered from street via a tiled lobby, referencing the kitchen in the surface finish. An exposed brick panel signals the garden elevation, with picture window and door to the terrace. The new garden elevation openings are a proportional response to the existing windows, offsetting the mass of the wall.
New openings in dialogue with retained fabric; each intention is legible, each element distinct. Signage utilises the skin of existing brick, overlaid with a whitewash.