Blue Bottle Coffee Shinagawa Cafe by Schemata Architects
Blue Bottle Coffee Shinagawa Cafe is a minimal cafe located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Schemata Architects. Walking through the concourse of Shinagawa Station towards the Kohnan exit, one looks up at the glass-clad shopping mall above to find Blue Bottle Coffee Shinagawa Cafe, their sixth shop in Japan, behind the glass facade. The act of looking up to find the place inspired James Freeman, the Founder of Blue Bottle Coffee, to imagine a heavenly space for the new cafe. Based on this image, the architects envisioned a serene white space which simultaneously resonates urban characteristics of the station concourse; they chose Takigahara-ishi (white tuff stone produced in Ishikawa Prefecture) as the main interior finish, combined with wood to create a space composed of a white color palette. Natural hardness of the stone and the horizontal / vertical composition created a cool and sophisticated impression, while the finely textured stone surface gently receives light to enhance the serene feeling; and the stone finish is seamlessly applied throughout the floor, wall and counter paneling to create subdued calmness.