Text description provided by the architects. This tiny cafe at Kanda Manseibashi is the eleventh store Blue Bottle Coffee opened in Japan. It is their smallest store with a floor area of 25m2 and the first takeout-only cafe without seating inside.
It is situated under a 100-year old railway bridge (for the Chuo Line) constructed of brick. Our design focused on how to integrate the cafe into this attractive existing environment with a long history.
We removed the existing plasterboard finishes on the walls and ceiling and incorporated the exposed structure made of red bricks and concrete in the space.
The white volume constituting a counter is placed as if being wrapped inside the solid structural frame. We hope this tiny cafe will continue to integrate with the city.