Maude Restaurant

Location /  Tauranga, New Zealand

People Involved / Ctrl+Space

Photography / Sarah Grace

Approachable, stylish and unique, this all-day café has been designed to age gracefully and become an iconic establishment for the Bay of Plenty. Auckland design studio CTRL_ explain their conceptual drivers and how natural and authentic materials reinforce the coastal setting.

Our brief was to create a friendly and approachable interior for the local Tauranga community and visitors from around the region. Set in one of the fastest growing districts in New Zealand, Maude – lovingly named after the owner’s grandmother – needed to have a local flavour, but still with a degree of urban sophistication throughout. The lake setting and nearby beachfront of Mount Maunganui meant a beach aesthetic would be one of the foundations of the design.