% Arabica Kuwait Abu Al Hasaniya by nendo

The white stair-like cafe

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% ARABICA Kuwait Abu Al Hasaniya咖啡厅坐落于科威特的东海岸,是京都东山咖啡店的新分店,其室内空间经过了精心的设计。

Interior design for Arabica Coffee located in the eastern coast of Kuwait, a new branch for the original coffee shop from Higashiyama, Kyoto.

▼从室外看咖啡厅全景,overall view of the cafe


The 190 sqm space can seat up to 30 customers at once and 44 additional seats are available on the outdoor terrace. In order to visually connect between the shop’s interior and exterior, a part of the seating bench was extended to the other side of the window. For customers using wheelchairs and strollers, store staffs assist and deliver the orders to the entrance.

▼咖啡厅室外局部,完全采用玻璃立面,partial exterior view of the cafe with the entirely glass facade

▼咖啡厅室外局部,设有室外座位,partial exterior view of the cafe with the outdoor seating terrace

▼咖啡厅室外局部,室外也采用白色的色调,partial exterior view with the white tone


With crisp white as the base colour of the space, the interior elements are accentuated with materials such as brass and concrete to fit the design theme of the Arabica brand and to symbolize the qualities of their high-end products. White coffee machines almost disappear to the background in order to highlight the coffee beans presented in linen bags behind a glass case and the “beans map” element hanged next to it.

▼室内空间,以清爽的白色作为基础色调,overall interior view with crisp white as the base colour of the space

▼室内吧台空间,吧台后装着咖啡豆的亚麻布袋非常醒目,同时突出了白色色调,interior bar, the linen bags with coffee beans behind a glass case are striking and highlight the white space

▼室内吧台空间,白色咖啡机融入背景,interior bar, the white coffee machines almost disappear to the background

▼室内吧台空间,墙上挂有咖啡豆产地地图,the interior bar with the “beans map” element

▼吧台空间细节,details of the bar


▼阶梯式室内空间的设计概念,design concept of the stair-like interior structure

Taking into consideration the 4-meter ceiling height and the location of the property on a corner with a wide window opening, the space was designed as a layered platform gradually rising from the seating area near the entrance to the counter at the top. This structure allows for a clear line of sight from any seat in the shop as well as a full view from the exterior to the occurring inside.

▼室内阶梯式座椅区全景,overall view of the stair-like seating benches

▼室内阶梯式座椅区,确保了多种清晰的室内视线联系,the stair-like seating benches that guarantee the multiple clear lines of sight


With this configuration, a line of people waiting for their coffee will not disturb the people sitting at their tables, while at the same time the staff at the counter have an overall view of the whole store. Although an open field of view was an important element of the design, in order to respect Islamic custom which advises women to avoid men’s attention, the bench was designed with a curve to reduce unwanted eye contact.

▼阶梯式座椅区局部,阶梯式座椅区采用曲线造型,减少不必要的视线接触,partial view of the stair-like seating benches with a curve to reduce unwanted eye contact

▼阶梯式座椅区局部细节,配以黄铜元素,details of the stair-like seating benches with the brass material element

▼阶梯式座椅区局部细节,平台边的楼梯将顾客引至吧台,details of the stair-like seating benches, the stairs beside the benches lead customers to the bar


The division of the store into four vertical layers allows for multiple lines of sight for both the customers and staff. This stair-like structure maximizes visibility and encourages interactions between the customers, thus making it a pleasant and comfortable place to enjoy a daily cup of coffee.

▼咖啡厅夜景,night view

▼夜景,从室外看阶梯式的白色室内空间,the night view, the stair-like white interior space looking from the outside

Collaborator : onndo
Photographer : Takumi Ota

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