KafeHaus by Janine Schneider JSARQ, San Jose – Costa Rica
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The whole space works as a buffer towards indoor and outdoor with multiple sections of spaces to sit and relax, from private to a more public outdoor. With hanging bookshelf in the middle, the articulation of material from raw ceiling to more subtle green wall gives a more dramatic end to the space.
The 10-year-old chain specialises in health-conscious desserts that contain a minimal amount of fat and sugar. It obtained a site on the fringes of Chinatown for its first restaurant in Sydney. Taking cues from the food, Woods steered away from typical franchise restaurant elements and focused on natural materials that would create a “calming oasis”.
Surrounded by a large park which serves as a place of recreation and relaxation for local residents, and a facility for environmental education, this was a project to renovate a warehouse, more than 50 years old, into the first overseas outpost of Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco’s premier “bean-to-bar” chocolate maker.
In the centre, the service area sits below a large volume that the architects refer to as “the cloud”. This element is clad with vertical white-painted wooden batons, and tilts up at one end to direct customers to where they can order. “The loftiness of the space with natural lighting creates a fresh openness and the cloud serves as a visual focal point to balance the space,” they said.