Joey's Cafe, Cribb Point

After the success of their outdoor kitchen classroom, wetland and mangrove research centre, St Joseph’s Primary School in Cribb Point contacted the RB Landscapes team to design Joey’s Café. The design was to turn a neglected area under an existing River Red Gum where students could sell the produce grown in the veggie patch and serve food they cooked in the outdoor kitchen.

The design was created in collaboration with students and the RB design team and consists of a serving and storage shed, deck and tables and chairs. The design links the café to the outdoor kitchen, completed by RB Landscapes in 2011, by using the same material pallet and design style. Joey’s Café is centred around the existing tree with a deck proposed to reduce the compaction and traffic effects of Joey’s Café on the tree. A small shed opens to become a shop where food and produce can be sold. The area is enclosed by a rendered hay bale wall and series of tables where visitors and students alike can enjoy the shade and atmosphere of Joey’s Café.

Students were involved not only in the design process but also in the construction of the project, with students planting, hand printing and mosaic-ing their design.

Joey’s Café was completed in time for the annual interschool regional principles meeting, hosting the event. With the integration of sustainability into curriculum the topic of conversation, Richard was asked to give a talk surrounding RB Landscapes work with schools in the region.

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