Renovation of an industrial space in the hearth of the edgy Railtown area. Through the years, the building has preserved many of the original architectural elements, like the Douglas Fir beams that run along the ceiling and the industrial windows framing the back of the building. Recently used as a warehouse for the local lighting company Bocci, Pallet took over the space to relocate their headquarters and roastery in late 2019. The new hub provides a space for Pallet’s team training, tasting area, roastery operations, expanded seating and a small merchandise section. The main goal for this project was to design a “destination” for coffee lovers. A place where customers could enjoy their coffee while being educated on the process and the passion that goes behind their product. The glass partition between the counter and the production, leaves the view open on the production, on the machinery and the people working behind the scenes. Customers can enjoy their beverage, while watching how raw beans from around the world turn into their favourite drink, a truly unique customer experience. Focal point of the retail section is the “L-shaped” counter: a substantial design element which physically delineates the retail and production sections. By using bold colors like black and anthracite for the materials, the design aim is to emphasize this furniture piece which greets clients and represents a bridge between the customer and staff. Black stained oak planks wrap the counter, where the herringbone pattern brings dynamism into the composition. Copper metal has been used to complement the color scheme recalling the orange hue, the warmth of the wood beams and simultaneously enhancing the industrial look.
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- 395 Alexander Street Vancouver, BC