© Zwei / Photography: Tom Blachford

Completed in 1991, the 101 Collins Street tower is one of the many high-rise buildings that make up the ever-evolving skyline of Melbourne‘s Central Business District. The skyscraper has become home to a number of leading banks, law firms, corporations, and as of late, a stylish café where to take a break from the rat race and indulge in an array of tasty offerings. Called Binary, it’s the latest venture by hospitality entrepreneur Joseph Haddad who has locally made a name for himself with Code Black Coffee and its design-led coffee parlours across town. Binary occupies a 180 sqm. (1,938 sq.ft.) unit in the lobby on the ground floor, the venue features an understated interior design by local practice Zwei which befits the building’s architecture. Upon entering, guests encounter an elongated terrazzo service counter with glass cabinets and a service station in a similar material. Interestingly, the floor is captured by terrazzo as well, but in a more refined pattern, adding a subtle visual twist to the setting. A mesh ceiling grid, dipped in a dark purple hue, ties in the service and seating areas which are semi-shielded by a partition with faux bottles and other containers in a bright red mesh, a setting which is repeated across this section. A bench clad in leather lines the walls and is paired with tables and classic black Thonet chairs. In front of the café, a terrace with more seating can be found. Binary offers its guests a menu of coffee concoctions, all exclusively using Code Black Coffee‘s roasted beans, teas, cold pressed  juices and wines, in addition to a variety of both classic and contemporary breakfast, lunch and brunch bites and dishes. Accommodating the many busy professionals in the building and beyond, takeaway is the other option here.

Binary
101 Collins Street, Level 1 (CBD)
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Mon-Fri 7-5

© Zwei / Photography: Tom Blachford