Doors are open at Cassette - the first hospitality offering owned and operated by Assemble.
Situated beneath Assemble’s pilot Assemble Futures project at 38 Albermarle St. and powered by 100% accredited GreenPower® energy, the café will focus on sustainable food practices and deliver a seasonal menu that champions local producers and makers.
Laura Boulton, Cassette’s Head Chef
From in-house pickling to ready-made retail preserves, Boulton’s approach to zero-waste cooking embraces a root-to-stalk enjoyment of all fresh produce coming into her kitchen. A Closed Loop bio-composter is on-site to convert all food waste into nutrient rich compost for residents to use in the building.
The name Cassette, chosen by the resident community, is a nod to the historical use of the building by Dex Audio – previously one of the largest manufacturers of cassette tapes in Australia. During the day, the Cassette team operates the café for the wider neighborhood, while also acting as a primary resident touchpoint for residents.
Ingrid Langtry, Assemble’s Head of Place & Experience
Designed by Six Degrees Architects, this light-filled, welcoming space is framed by a restored Harry A Norris façade and accented with reclaimed Australian spotted gum, terrazzo and raw metals to pay homage to the industrial roots of the neighbourhood.
“This neighbourhood café and retail space will be flexible in accommodating resident needs and as a canvas for the wider community to make their own, with room for all to connect and retreat into this quiet space. The use of durable, reclaimed materials will allow the space to develop a patina that reflects the rich heritage of Kensington and that will age beautifully with community use over time.” said James Legge, Director at Six Degrees.
You can visit Cassette at 399 Macaulay Road, Kensington.
To explore the menu and opening hours, visit the Cassette socials here.
Images by Ben Moynihan