| 23 : 30 – 19 December 2018 |
‘The Coffee’ is a 3 sq.m. of coffee shop located in an ultra narrow urban slot between two buildings in Curitiba.
Studio Boscardin Corsi Arquitetura utilized a tiny space which served as a service door unused by a restaurant next door. Serving as ‘take-away’ style stopover, the space intends to be a catalyst in sparking interaction with public. The architecture and interior style is aligned with the concept of coffee brand – functional and minimal.
To stand apart from its neighbours the vertical facade was treated with simple materials. Metal strips, light wood and a lit up acrylic box gives it an imposing character. A small bench across the pavement acts a waiting area while the food order is being processed.
Unused service door space is now a coffee shop
From the Architects –
To transform small urban fragments, sensitize, bring a new concept and also change the routine of the people. The modern cities, so consolidated in their centers, almost leave no room for expansion. However, it is a mistake to think so, because there are small urban slots that can be adapted, if you have a vision of urban and commercial architecture.
Narrow urban slot utilized by The Coffee
A small service door, formerly unusable by the restaurant next door and seemed to have no grace at all, has been seen as a potential spot and turned into business. And it was with this vision, inspired by Japanese simplicity and minimalism, that the ‘The Coffee’ appears.
Minimal, simple – The Coffee
Amid the turmoil of today’s world and day-to-day running, where time is money and caffeine is needed to restore the energies, nothing is more providential than a “takeaway” style coffee. Or, those who have more time enjoy coffee standing on the sidewalk or sitting on the bench in front.
Sidewalk and bench as a meeting point
Before, the sidewalk that gave space to the pedestrian movement, today is a meeting point, there are queues and experiences that did not exist before. And it is part of the whole project, integrated with the concept of the space. The architecture project is related to the concept of The Coffee, minimal and functional. And, to stand out from the other buildings on the side, the option was to verticalize the facade so that, even narrow, it gained an imposing.
Bench serves as waiting space
Facade materials –
With a contrasting color and unusual materials, the coffee shop loosened from the sides. The composition of materials is simple. Metal strips, light wood and acrylic box that, when lit, reveals the best: light. The light cube, in acrylic, it is the focal point of the coffee, marking the entrance, making the protection on rainy days and shining at nightfall (and also on typical cloudy days in Curitiba).
Simple composition of materials used on the vertical facade
Interior space –
Now about the biggest challenge: the inner area. The small interior of 3 sq.m. did not allow for many layout possibilities. The espresso machine should be positioned so that the barista is always on the customer’s side, never on his back. The idea of the slats, present in the facade, enter inside but here, in another material.
Expresso machine is placed on the customer’s side
The slatted in light wood makes the bottom part and the lining of the coffee, and plays with the light. In addition, as a side finish, the black subway tile, very urban, like the whole concept of the coffee shop. As you approach the workbench, you can place the order through the tablet and wait to retrieve your coffee.
Slatted wood and black tiles deck up the interiors
Meanwhile, you can have a good chat with the barista, who already knows the whole movement of the street. Cosmopolitan, urban and timeless. So ‘The Coffee’ is not just an architectural proposition, it is an experience, a new way of customer service relationship, a new way of interacting with the public space.
The Coffee – Urban and timeless
Project details –
Project Name – The Coffee
Architect Firm – Studio Boscardin Corsi Arquitetura | www.studioboscardincorsi.com.br
Lead Architect – Ana Boscardin e Edgard Corsi
Project Location – HP89+XG Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil
Client – The Coffee
Completion year – 2018
Area – 3 sq. mt.
Photography Credit – © Eduardo Macarios
White acrylic cube on the facade
Oak wood in the interior
Black subway tile covering the walls,
Black metal lines