There’s something about coffee and mornings. A fresh start always goes hand in hand with a good coffee. Add a staggering site and place a wonderful-inspired-by-the-landscape coffeehouse. In case you dream of serving your morning coffee in a picturesque place, here’s an option: the cozy and cute café, in the Botanical Garden of Akureyri, Iceland. The place was designed by the local based studio, Kollgáta Arkitektur. The small studio provides all types of architecture and design services. In particular, the café from the garden, blends with the beautiful surroundings. It has a small terrace, where you can serve coffee while enjoying the shy rays of sun and the spectacular mix of natural colors.
Inside, a wooden-rustic design awaits to be explored. You have different types of tables (rounded, rectangular – depending on what you intend to do). You can bring your laptop, let yourself inspired by the site and work effectively. The architects didn’t want to steal the nature’s grandeur, that’s why, the coffeehouse comes as an accessory to the garden and not as a revolutionary high-tech building. Panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows allow the light to slip inside. Peaceful and inspirational, this is definitely the ultimate place to be, in case you want to enjoy both nature and coffee.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.