Situated in the South Melbourne Market and aptly named after a 16th century caffeine aficionado, Pope Clement VIII, this new café occupies the market’s former disused electrical substation.

The space is exceptionally small and required some very strategic design elements to ensure that the available area was capitalised and reflected the client’s clear vision.

The finished build was high detail with an oversized door, brass fittings and marble bench tops used to compensate for the lack of space for seating. The religious theme was continued with the installation of a lead light porthole window, which is also replicated in shape and theme along the walls and ceiling converting what was just a ‘concrete box’ into a notorious local café.