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Foyer & Café

The perfect place to start discovering everything Bunjil Place has to offer.

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Bunjil Place Foyer

 

Whether it's admiring our world-first timber gridshell with all its complexities or basking in the sun streaming through the 12m high glass facade, there's something for everyone in the Bunjil Place Foyer. Coffee lovers will also appreciate our modern café serving a range of salads, light meals, sandwiches, breads, pastries, sweets, savouries and, of course, delicious coffee. View cafe opening hours herePlease note: The Cafe will be closed on Sunday 16 January due to limited staff availability. We apologise for any inconvenience.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE FOYER

FOYER & CAFE FAST FACTS

Colin Wilson - Bunjil Place Head Chef
Colin Wilson commenced at Bunjil Place as Head Chef in 2021. Throughout his 20-year professional career as an engineer in various fields, he always had a passion for food. His interest and ongoing love of fine food, along with his creative flair grew more over the years until he decided to take a leap of faith and commence an apprenticeship and start a new career in 2009. In 2010 Colin won the prestigious Thierry Marx Career Development Award and was awarded the opportunity to work in the 2 Michelin Star restaurant “Chateau Cordellan Bages” near Bordeaux, France as well as “La Laboratoire” in Paris and in 2011 Colin was the outright winner of the Victorian as well as the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award across all trades. 

Colin quickly rose through the ranks at the Iconic Chateau Yering to become a Head Chef once he completed his apprenticeship. During this time, he was also fortunate enough to have worked alongside some of the worlds best chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Dan Hunter, Rick Stein, Sat Bains, Rene Redzepi.  

Colin is now focused on utilising his passion for local and native produce and believes that Bunjil Place is the ideal platform for him to learn more about these ingredients as well as develop an in-house program for growing, cooking with, and educating fellow food lovers in this area.

One Single Tree
All the timber veneer you see on the walls inside the Foyer (and the Theatre) was sourced from a single massive blackbutt tree. The tree was saved by a sawmill in Queensland, who was waiting for the perfect project that could make the most of this unique opportunity - and Bunjil Place was that perfect project!

Glass façade
Large sheets of glass were melted into a special mould to achieve the exact curve of the building. They're stacked vertically on top of each other and are self-supporting, held together with structural adhesive (kind of like industrial strength double-sided tape). So as not to disturb the amazing light and sight-lines through the glass, the architects and structural engineers worked together to develop a sophisticated transparent glass column that sandwiches together multiple pieces of strengthened, laminated glass, which is clamped together with metal discs.