The ingenious organic shapes displayed by the Don Café House in Pristina, Kosovo make this project stand out. The creative team at Innarch wanted to develop a space that would reinterpret the idea of a sack filled with coffee grains. It is inspiring how the color palette, furniture, chandeliers and wall design stay true to this idea, ensuring a unique visitor experience.
Once the concept is revealed, the correlations are difficult to miss: “The walls of the bar are organically shaped and colored like coffee sack made up of Plywood type of wood, whereby the pillars in between are coated with textile coffee sacks. Tables and hanging chandeliers represent the coffee grains lined up asymmetrically in order to generate the impression of being inside a coffee sack“. Special seating is provided by the lower part of an organic-shaped wall, an original element with an important functional and decorative role. I personally enjoy the feeling of sensory overload in the photos below, at least enough to want to discover the place live.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light