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Architecture Monday

October 2, 2017

Coffee anyone?  (Or tea?)  If we’re stopping here, yes please.

There’s something really cool going on in the main coffee pavilion.  It’s an open space, but yet, at the same time, not really.  Though the sides of the seating area lacks walls, the walls of the courtyard in which it sit are really close by, with the height of the wall nearly the same as the height  of the open part of the seating area.  And so while the lofty pavilion walls themselves do not reach the ground, there is still the feeling of enclosure.  This further helped by the continuity in colour.  That is one great space to be in.

The window at the end is another finely crafted experience.  It looks almost otherworldly, a vibrance of colour and twisty forms against the blacks and greys and strong lines of the pavilion itself.  Playing with perspective, the walls end to hide behind the window supports, as though this is a picture or portal into another realm.  That the table continues beyond the window, to tweak the experience even further,  just makes it even sweeter.

At the opposite end of the mini coffee complex, a small garden of trees borders an indoor coffee area that is a wonderful contrast to the main pavilion, with compressed headspace.  The whole area is filled with stones much like a rock garden, and bordered throughout by the inky black walls.

I really like what’s going on here.  There’s much keen awareness of how to use the interplay between all the parts to create a composition of delightful experiences.  Even the “your order is ready” notification is seamlessly woven in.  It’s not a coffee house because it’s just a place that serves coffee, but it’s a place that starts with what a coffee break is all about, and builds out from there:  to pause, to reflect, to see, to socialize, and to delight.

The Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank, by Secondfloor Architects.

Bonus!  Have a rooster:

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