Loyal Coffee

KEY ELEMENTS:  commercial / design / 


Location: 408 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Completed 2016

Loyal Coffee is a barista owned and operated specialty coffee shop dedicated to creating a full five sense experience for guests through a beautiful space to work, relax, and connect with others. A small portion of this 1,300 s.f. Tenant Finish project inhabits a portion of a 100 year old bread factory with the remainder occupying a new ‘vanilla shell’ addition. The space needed to be innovative, flexible, and fiercely “loyal” to the local community, while raising the bar of design, craft, coffee, and service. The opportunity to collaborate with the six barista Owners and their Branding Studio from the onset of the project allowed us to blend the brand identity with the Client’s vision and operations into a part historic, part new building. Programming included opportunities for hosting larger community gatherings within a space that also felt comfortable for individuals to relax and casually sip their coffee alone; at the same time to provide sufficient space for the logistics of high-end meal and beverage preparation and service. Showcasing the best-of-the-best within the city and promoting craft while still being approachable to the everyday user was a necessity within each aspect of the design in order to support the core values of the Client. In order to provide the Client with a space harmonious with their identity, it was important for the design to be elevated above the Colorado Springs norm and incorporate local artisans and craftsmen to bring the vision to life.

In order to meet all of the Clients’ needs, innovation was required to transform a well crafted palette of materials into an experience that would tie together brand identity, history, and a new ‘vanilla’ shell. Braided jute rope, woven through the truss bays, physically ties the space together. Reminiscent of the “Japanese Modernism” branding direction, the rope ceiling emphasizes the pattern of the roof trusses, supports the shelving and signage, and provides visual, textural, and olfactory experiences for the users. Way-finding and place-making is defined by the classic black and white oversized hexagonal tile that first welcomes you to the space, with a nod to Colorado Springs, CO, then guides you through the experience. Flexible gathering areas range from custom built community tables (maple tops, custom walnut benches, and textural brass chairs), to cozy booths and solo “cubbies” (ensconced in walnut under a canopy of vegetation), to walnut and concrete tiered seating (with pull out stump chair/tables) that spans from inside to out through a large, glazed overhead door. The tiered seating provides space for individuals to sprawl out on a slow day, and promotes interaction during bustling hours. A CNC milled walnut art piece adorns the wall and echoes the Loyal brand and mountainous backdrop of the city. All of this is pulled together through common brass accents, designed to patina and wear over time, added subtly through fixtures, floating shelf brackets, and trim pieces as a contrasting layer to classic and timeless palette of materials.

This tiered seating provides space for individuals to lay out on a slow day, or up to 20+ people to gather, all backed by a CNC milled walnut art piece reminiscent of the Loyal brand and mountainous backdrop of the city. All of this is pulled together through the common brass accents, designed to patina and wear over time, added subtly through fixtures, floating shelf brackets, and trim pieces as a contrasting layer to classic and timeless palette of materials.

 

Click on any image below to see an enlarged version (photographs by Richard Seldomridge)


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