Materials used include steel, wood and painted drywall. The use of these materials was predicated on availability, cost, and character. The existing concrete floor was ground and polished. The existing ceiling finish was left in place and painted black; below it, a screen of paralam lumber beams were installed to modulate the space and provide visual warmth. Lighting fixtures, both exposed and recessed, provide ambient and accent lighting to enhance the spacious nature of the space as well as the needed task lighting.
The concept for the coffee house was developed with the following goals:
Enjoying views and natural light, customer retail areas are located in the main volume of the space with service functions pushed to the rear. Mediating between the needs of patrons and baristas, a large curved service counter is centrally located. Accent lighting highlights beverage and food products. An early decision was to open the space to the outdoors, increasing flexibility of use and connection to the community. As such a bay of existing fixed storefront windows was replaced with a new folding door system. Immediately inside this new opening, is the "Community" table, a 16 foot long steel and plywood table on rolling casters. Oversize domed lighting fixtures illuminate and accent this area. Immediately behind the community table along the wall is a continuous bench providing seating for both large groups and intimate gatherings. This seating area enjoys magnificent views of Baldy. Along the window