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Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Roastery & Cafe / Schemata Architects

  • 23:00 - 13 April, 2015
Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Roastery & Cafe / Schemata Architects
Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Roastery & Cafe / Schemata Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Chome-4-8 Hirano, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0023, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Nagasaka
  • Design Team

    Ryosuke Yamamoto
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Construction

  • Collaboration

    SOUP DESIGN(sign)、SOLSO(plant)、fresco(pendant)、STANDARD TRADE(stool)、O.F.C(condiment)、maruzen(kitchen)、DCS(roaster)、levi(environmental plan)、WHITELIGHT.Ltd(sound plan)、Endo Lighting(lighting plan)
  • Area

    1F_271.72m², 2F_271.72m²
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© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Text description provided by the architects. Blue Bottle Coffee (from Oakland, California) opened their first roastery/café in Japan, to operate as the production base of Blue Bottle Coffee Japan. Schemata Architects was commissioned to renovate the former storage building at Kiyosumi Shirakawa in Tokyo to accommodate roastery, café, office, barista training room and pastry factory. Blue Bottle Coffee is a leader of the third-wave coffee companies; they strive to achieve the best flavor and aroma, while promoting fair-trade and improving the labor environment of coffee farms, to construct a balanced production circle and to develop a positive relationship in which baristas and consumers raise awareness and grow up together.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

We respect and support their stance by making the building open to outside and creating a continuous space where everyone can establish and be involved in the balanced relationship to stay aware of each other’s action and to collaborate for better results. In order to maintain such relationship across spatial boundaries, we install very large-sized glass doors and screens on each floor to maintain transparency between neighboring spaces, inside and outside, and lower and upper floors.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The former storage building had no windows, so we made a large skylight in the center to distribute natural light throughout the space on the second floor. The skylight is located right above the void space connecting the first and second floors, where the indoor greenery on the upper level reflects abundant natural light and delivers the exotic forest-like light and shade to the lower level.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Customers are offered no ordinary café experience, but they can actually see and feel the lively production process in the roastery. They can enjoy coffee in a café space, while looking up to the second floor through the void space with exotic greenery and light, and might become curious to see the space upstairs.


In addition, a glass floor is partially inserted on the second floor right above the main roasting machine, the heart of the roastery, to visually connect the lower and upper floors. Through the opening, the staff upstairs can observe how customers enjoy their coffee, which gives them further motivation, and they can also constantly monitor the production downstairs and immediately respond to any arising issues. These visual connections generate a positive relationship uniting everyone present, including the staff and customers.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

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Cite: "Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Roastery & Cafe / Schemata Architects" 13 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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