Designed by Czech studio KOGAA, GROUNDS is a coffee hub in Prague’s developing area of Karlín. Tucked inside an inner yard of a vibrant office and residential street, the hub works as a neighborhood cafe where coffee is being served straight from its own roastery. In order to cut the costs but also learn how the architecture and spaces relate to their production processes, the construction was made hands-on and designed-by-building together with the coffee community running the place. Taking advantage of the overhead natural light, a translucent duplex object allows light through to the various functions of the hub, all integrated and connected within the unit.
▼室内概览overview © Alex Shoots Buildings
The further spaces from the entrance are dedicated to the in-house coffee production: from the storing of the raw beans to the roasting, cleaning, and packaging processes. The built-in inner room is made for the coffee testing, functioning both as the showroom of the professional barista machines and where educational workshops and competitions are taking place.
▼中央模块the central module © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼木构架内的咖啡制作区coffee making area in the wooden frame © Alex Shoots Buildings
The object’s front side towards the entrance is dedicated to the cafeteria and the sale of the coffee to the final users. Towards the sidewall, a suspended tangerine-colored metal staircase leads to the upper working space, enveloped by an organically shaped corrugated plastic wall. The organically designed plan allows nooks in which a variety of plants are growing and working as a source of natural air purifiers, dust collectors, and helping to keep a balance in the levels of humidity needed for the coffee processes.
▼悬挂的橘色金属楼梯the suspended tangerine-colored metal staircase © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼楼梯顶端on the top of the staircase © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼有机塑料围合的区域the space enveloped by an organically shaped plastic wall © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼室内绿植the variety of plants in nooks © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼从楼梯看用餐区view of the cafeteria from the staircase © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼从入口看用餐区view the cafeteria from the entrance © Alex Shoots Buildings
The interior was built by 80% construction site waste of a previously dismantled project, applying the architect’s objective on reducing the issues related to construction site waste in the country. The suspended lights are recovered and painted industrial lamps from an inactive weapons factory, while the coffee tables are hand-made concrete pieces manufactured on-site, as well as the wooden bench running along the wall and the vertical merchandise wall. The bar is made of uncoated corrugated metal sheets and the custom metalworking desk was cut-out to fit all the coffee fixtures needed for the serving process.
▼回收的灯具与家具the recycled lamps and furnitures © Alex Shoots Buildings
项目源于烘焙公司Rusty Nails和咖啡生产商Rene Kralovič的联合创想，后者还曾成功策划了许多酒店项目。GROUNDS咖啡中心旨在向公众展示烘焙的概念，并为咖啡师和专家们提供不断成长，融入社区的平台。
The project is the brainchild of roasting company Rusty Nails coffee producer Rene Kralovič, who is behind various successful hospitality projects in the Czech Republic. The idea here was to expand the concept of a roastery to the public, as well as being a platform for baristas and coffee experts to educate themselves and be part of a community.
▼平面图plan © KOGAA
▼剖面图sections © KOGAA
Project Name: GROUNDSArchitects: KOGAAOffice website: www.kogaa.euFirm Location: Prague, Czech RepublicCompletion Year: 2020Gross built area: 120m2