Hello Mister, Commercial Development

9 Dec, 2020 |

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Vietnamese Takeaway outlet Hello Mister on Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket

Project Snapshot

Year Completed: 2019

Location: 123 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland

Site Area: 605m2

Gross Floor Area: 81m2


Hello Mister Newmarket was developed with sustainability in mind. It is a Vietnamese takeaway with an emphasis on the old Vietnamese Quarter utilizing used or recycled building materials to give each customer the true feel of the Vietnamese street food scene.

Featuring a large range of recycled materials the Hello Mister space is designed to be modern and creative with an open plan eating area.

This project was an award winner in the New Zealand Commercial Projects Awards 2020.


The site is located close to the Auckland Domain, walking distance to Westfield Newmarket and Broadway, and has easy to access Newmarket Train station as well as State Highway 1.

NCA Group Ltd invited THE DESIGNFIRE fire consultancy team and Alba Interiors Ltd to be involved from an early stage of the project with Louie Kang as the fire and compliance consultant. The three companies were able to get a head start on the project as it was the second Hello Mister build.

THE DESIGNFIRE approach of functional – attractive – safe, resulted in ensuring the space referenced to traditional Vietnamese culture but was also safe and compliant.

The final design focused on utilising a lot of contemporary elements of Western materials that would otherwise have been trash in order to create a Vietnamese Street scene ambiance. Here is a snapshot of the key features of this design:

  • 81 square meters of culture infused design.
  • Indoor seating area
  • Various material elements: corrugated iron, window shutters, local recycled timbers.
  • Street access close to a large block of businesses.
  • Streetside parking available on Kingdon Street or Morgan Street.
  • Main access from Carlton Gore Road,


In Detail

With a high priority focused on creating the true feel of the Vietnamese Street Food scene, this design really zoned in on locating and sourcing the right materials.

The design focus of Hello Mister meant that the designer wanted to avoid using the traditional Vietnamese decorative elements and to use existing waste materials to emphasise on creating the traditional Vietnamese street food scene.

The design team made a conscious effort to ensure sustainability was a key part of the design. Using discarded materials as the main decorating elements of the restaurant, sourcing from Auckland’s largest range of recycled demo & renovation items – Jacob Demolition in New Lynn.

THE DESIGNFIRE team understood the impact that commercial retail can have in influencing and inspiring people to adopt a certain attitude towards maintaining the environment all while being compliant and safe

This design was possible – and successful – due to a number of things, including; a great team across the trio of companies involved, a client who was open to ideas, and a team of competent builders who pulled the build together using great recycled products.


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