The project is located in the town of Braunschweig and specifically in a new downtown shopping mall, which has been integrated in the rebuilt former castle, which had been destroyed in World War II. The design goal was to capture the notion around the processing of the aromatic bean in an architecturally abstracted way. Several technological strategies have been implemented.
The counter is a glowing object, which is made out of double pane glass, manufactured by a glass pane coated with silicon, and "seeded" with beans and then laminating with the second sheet of glass. The counter is then back lid with a LED mesh that subtly glows in very smoothly changing warm tones. The light was engineered by Fahlke+Dettmer, who were responsible for the lighting for Zaha Hadid's Science Center in Wolfsburg. In addition, a ceiling was designed to create an artificial sunset sky. Brass mesh in was applied to a CNC milled sub -structure, which, accentuated by Christian Fahlke lighting, forms a curvilinear surface.
A special curtain, created out of vinyl thread and another LED installation behind, evokes the notion of vegetation in an abstract way to refer to the plant condition. The symbiosis of the wood floor and the furniture had been engineered by a thermal modification process in reference to the roasting process and the procedure of drying coffee in mounts. With that the project interprets the highly complex and sophisticated processing of coffee via compositional / technical architectural means.