The Shuwaikh area is known to have an industrial feel to it, with many auto repair shops, showrooms and warehouses for building materials lining the streets. However, in recent years, many cafes and restaurants have also opened in this area, creating a unique blend of industry and culture.
We selected the 300-sqm plot on the ground floor of a building with great street presence- a space that was previously a for building materials. This is a much larger space than anything we could expect in central Kuwait City, and we were drawn to the overall character of this industrial district.
We carefully and intentionally observed and studied the architecture of this area, and based our design concept on 3 different design elements.
For this project, we did not incorporate a bean cellar (temperature and humidity-controlled display case of raw coffee beans), typically seen in %ARABICA shops. Instead, the design features a cupping room and an antique roasting machine which can be seen from the street, through the roastery’s large glass facade. The design is particularly fitting for %ARABICA brand’s image of cleanliness, and seamlessness, and is the perfect opportunity to present the new roasting function of this location.
We hope that this roastery blends naturally with the local architecture and the beauty of the regional materials, and continues to grow over time as a key place for communication.
Design: Masaki Kato, Kyo Tagami, Ash Every / Puddle
Photography: Takumi Ota
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