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The Coffee House

A contemporary translation of the traditional coffee house concept.

Coffeehouses formed the counterpart to bars and pubs, and coffee was seen as the antidote for drunkenness, violence and lust. It provided a catalyst for pure thoughts, sophistication and wit. It existed in many forms, but all shared the same formula: maximizing the interaction between customers and forging a creative, entertaining and pleasant environment. This antique formula was fundamental within my search for a contemporary design solution. 

The exercise was to create a coffeehouse, but this building is more than that. The public outdoor space is defined by the amphitheater where expression is key. The interior is designed around the core, which contains the fixed functions like bathrooms, storage, kitchen and the bar. Expended from the core is the furniture flexibly placed in the interiors and is mainly facing the surrounded nature. The building is designed to support social encounter, instead of providing a place to work. During different events the building can change with the adjusted needs. This results that in one-day changing parts of the building are occupied with various activities. The building lives along with it’s users.

Location: The Hague, Netherlands

Program: Coffee House & Café

Gross floor area: 550 m² 

Client: TU Delft, Interiors Buildings Cities