‘U’ Coppu’ is a deli shop for fried food, designed with the aim to bring indoors Sicilian street food. The project maintains unaltered the original vaulted spaces, where the new functions are hosted: seating area, the kitchen and the laboratory. The counter evokes a typical street food’s counter. It is made by simple material such as larch, glass and a iron framework, from which light bulbs hang, illuminating the whole space.
The seating area is separated from the kitchen by a glazed wall that allows customers to see food preparation, that is served in coppu, the typical street food paper cone. The floor is made by natural larch strip planking, which continues up the walls and ends in shelves. A resin band on the floor emphasizes the entry inviting to step into place, and the iron framework acts as graphic character of the whole project.
Architects: Studio DiDeA
Architects in Charge: Nicola Giuseppe Andò, Emanuela Di Gaetano, Giuseppe De Lisi, Alfonso Riccio
Photographs: Studio Didea and Dario De Benedictis