LIGHT UP COFFEE Mitaka / Spicy Architects
Textual content description supplied by the architects. For the second LIGHT-UP COFFEE store, it was determined to renovate an previous auto physique store to function a roastery. The primary flooring serves as a roasting house and cafe, with loads of house for sitting and having fun with espresso or looking the beans on show. The second flooring of the constructing is used for packing, transport, and administration.
At first, Mr. Kawano of LIGHT UP COFFEE contacted us, saying he had bought a classic Sixties German-made roasting machine named “Probat UG22”. After we heard that the machine had been bought to him by the shop that sparked his curiosity in espresso and that he needed to create an appropriate house for it, we instantly felt a way of romance. We needed to make use of the roasting machine’s story and convey the shop’s dedication to espresso to as many individuals as attainable by permitting them to see and study in regards to the roasting course of. Because of this, no partitions had been constructed between the roasting house and the cafe in order that guests may watch all the course of, from the inexperienced beans to the espresso they may pattern within the cafe.
As a result of this constructing was an auto physique store, the entrance of the constructing bordering the road is all shutters and might be opened up all the way in which to the ceiling. Opening the shutters created an area with an amazing sense of freedom, permitting us to really feel very near our neighbors passing by – a mum or dad and baby on a bicycle or a neighbor strolling their canine. We designed this liberating house as a “road lounge,” hoping that by turning it into a restaurant, individuals would take pleasure in espresso freely within the metropolis and that informal communication would happen as in the event that they had been outdoors.
The cafe house design features a KIOSK, a 4-meter-long desk, bar stools, and a bench for 2. The KIOSK was symbolically positioned dealing with the highway in entrance of the constructing to kind a counterpoint to the roasting machine, which has a robust presence additional within the again. The lengthy excessive desk was designed to be shared to encourage dialog amongst workers and neighbors, and the bench to be simply moved round and brought outdoors. In distinction to the roasting house, which has a robust manufacturing unit really feel, the cafe house is product of strong cedar wooden with seen knots to offer a way of heat by means of the supplies used. Every joint was hand-cut and assembled on-site to create a hand-crafted really feel equivalent to the rigorously crafted espresso.
By opening up the roasting house and the cafe, the indoor and out of doors areas, the cafe seamlessly connects the neighbors with the sounds and smells of the roasting machine.