Meltino Coffee House / LOFF Atelier

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Cláudia Costa
Location: Braga,
Project year: 2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


A coffee grain that draws the space… a coffee made of coffee… The underlying concept was the geometrization of the coffee grain that draws the two volumes / spaces in the plan.

The grain conquers the Coffee, perforates and draws the volumes, the walls, the ceiling. Its shadow is cast in the floor, dancing in the space.

front view

The project is divided in three areas: two volumes and an interior esplanade, which is elevated from the mall floor.

The two volumes are identical and translucent. However, they have distinct uses and furniture. The 1st Volume (lounge space) comprehends a relax area where it is served gourmet coffee.

In the 2nd volume (bar space) the public can take express coffee.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The coffee grain conquers the mall gallery and spies the public space inviting the public to enjoy the Coffee.

The grain was drawn on many scales. Then, a matrix was built in the form of 3 panels (3 meters high by 1 meter of anchor) which, inverted, created a total of 6 distinct panels.

All the walls where developed based in the study of the 6 panel matrix.


Double walls

It intends to reinforce the perforation of the grain and proportionate a body to the space. For this reason the walls and ceilings were duplicated. The central part of the ceiling is higher to give space a more dynamic feeling.

The structure is in pine wood which is light and easy to build. The covering of the walls, ceilings and balconies is in MDF, painted in white. The floor covering is in linoleum.

The colors chosen were the white and the brown because of the association of these with the coffee fruit and the reflection of the light.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


The crockery and the tables were also drawn with detail, aesthetics and comfort attention. The furniture was covered with a unique and new material that is a derivative from the remnants of coffee.

The furniture fulfills the space and appeals to sensorial feelings.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Lighting Design

The entire project was thought to create a light balance atmosphere. For that, it was used indirect light with diachronic lamps and halogens lamps in the bar. Orange leds were applied in the brand lettering.

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Cite: "Meltino Coffee House / LOFF Atelier" 18 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    I like this parametric approach… good connection between entire solution and smallest details…