With three successful sites already up and running, Urban Baristas asked B3 Designers to design their flagship coffee shop in Queensway.
The brief was to draw inspiration from Ibizan and Scandinavian freshness to create their 90 sqm flagship store that would be coffee shop-come-brunch hub - serving smoothies, cakes and pastries - by day and a casual bar offering by night. The design would be key to helping the transition between the two.
The flagship site needed to be in keeping with the style of the existing sites – a fresh and contemporary aesthetic with simple finishes and minimalistic furniture – whilst also having that extra little hint of charisma.
Key features in the space include the main service bar with its overbar gantry displaying the menus on offer with a bespoke handmade ceramic-tiled bar front.
The real terracotta tile feature wall and bold jade green painted accent walls inject a pop of colour, complementary to the natural planting hung from a raft running centrally throughout the entire lower level and interspersed with rattan pendant lights.
Initially one level, we raised the floor at the back of the coffee shop to enlarge the rear area and transform into a seating area with lounge furniture. Surrounded by lush greenery to create the feel of an indoor garden, we utilised the existing skylights to enhance the existing feature.
Bricks from the existing back wall were removed to home tealights creating a more intimate space when transitioned into an evening bar.
The existing openings through to the back of the space were utilised as shelving for an abundance of planted pots to create a green focal view from entrance to rear.
Brass detail, blonde timber fins and white tongue and groove cladding throughout the space adds interest, keeping the feeling of that calm, modern Scandinavian / Ibizan beach bar present.