The result of the design collaboration between Trije Arhitekti and Kaval Group, Lolita Coffeehouse in Ljubljana, Slovenia showcases an impressive amount of details, some of which you will surely find interesting. The space (discovered on Interiorzine) is flooded in natural light from two huge historic windows, which also ensure communication with the pedestrian zone by the neighboring river. This way, passers-by can take a peek inside and feel drawn in by the unique atmosphere.
The total area of the coffeehouse is 160 square meters. more than enough for the designers to create a welcoming space for coffee brakes. Original shelving systems were used to “decorate the walls” and showcase various treats. The roughly painted brick wall creates an excellent visual contrast with the rest of the white walls and complements the wallpaper on the ceiling ( with a traditional vibe, just a bit inappropriate to the space for our tastes). Overall, we find these coffeehouse fresh and appealing, just like any good coffee.
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.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests