Arcsine Architecture was responsible for transforming a dated retail space for Californian coffee shop 'Modern Coffee.'
The existing 900-square-foot split-level store was unremarkable, featuring beige walls and a lackluster green carpet. The objective for the architects was to take this, and transform it into contemporary space that could house the popular coffee chain's second location in Oakland.
In order to get the most out of the space, the architects installed a set of stairs that optimizes the split-level layout and conjoins the upper and lower levels. Also newly installed was a series of long wood counters that wrap around the store, effectively opening up the store. The material palette of alder wood and steel provides a nice contrast throughout the newest Modern Coffee location.