Imagine a café, a reading room, a bookstore and a coffee roasting company all located in a refurbished former milk bar. The idea to create a place that would meet various needs of book lovers and coffee enthusiasts was a consequence of bringing together owners’ professional passion (for books) and memories of exotic (African) childhood. The space is divided into three zones that clearly illustrate this multifunctional concept.
▼一进入室内首先看到的是书店区域和咖啡柜台，the bookstore and the coffee counters welcome the guests
The first zone – right at the front, crowned with a high concrete ceiling – includes a bar, a café and a bookstore mounted on the podium. Light wooden barstools lining up against a long window sill, comfortable armchairs – revamped iconic Models 366 by Józef Chierowski – paired with low coffee tables, and soft pillows thrown on the stairs of the wooden podium – all define possible modes of using this space – in passing, for a while or quite a while.
▼书店其实更多的是一个开放式书架，人们登上平台在宽阔的阶梯上阅读；the bookstore is more like an open bookshelf on a podium, people can climb up to read on the broad stairs
▼从书店区域俯瞰整个空间，overlook at the whole space
▼咖啡厅吧台，the counter for the cafe
▼裸露混凝土天花板细节以及灯饰，the exposed concrete ceiling and the lights
The second zone – located at the back and equipped with a large wooden table surrounded with upholstered chairs is dedicated both to collective feasting and working together during workshops. The entrance to this part of Kahawa is inscribed on the floor. You can feel it with your feet when the original terrazzo (only occasionally patched up with new fragments) gives way to original teak floor (again – only where necessary supplemented by new ash wood planks).
▼第二个区域位于后方，并配备了一个大木桌；the second zone – located at the back and equipped with a large wooden table
The third zone spreads behind a glass wall that enables guests sitting behind the table to peek into Kahawa’s heart, where the coffee is roasted and packed. The black shiny roasting machine is set against the white walls unashamedly revealing their brick structure. This tendency to uncover original layers and textures, to preserve what is the most beautiful in geometry of walls and floors informs the general idea of the project. Frugal and unobtrusive tones, natural materials and lots of light constitute a frame for the truly live colours that are brought by potted plants, books and their coffee-loving readers.
▼当人们坐在第二个区域里的大方桌周围吃饭或者工作时，能透过背后的玻璃墙看到第三个区域；when people dine or work together at the second area, they can see the third area from the glass wall in the back area
▼从第三个区域透过玻璃厂看向第二个区域，looking at the second area from the third area
▼第三个区域是Kahawa的“心脏”，在那里烘焙和包装咖啡；Kahawa’s heart, where the coffee is roasted and packed
▼卫生间细节，details of the restroom