Blue Bottle Coffee Shibuya Cafe / Keiji Ashizawa Design
Text description provided by the architects. Blue Bottle Coffee Shibuya Cafe is located just steps away from the bustling atmosphere of downtown. Designed as an urban retreat located between two parks, the interior is the second Blue Bottle Coffee produced by our studio.
As you walk through Kitaya Park, passing customers enjoying coffee on the benches of the Ishinomaki lab, you first come across a large counter of curved tiles surrounding the kitchen. These tiles, with a special glaze of volcanic ash, are a key material for connecting indoors and outdoors and were developed in collaboration between London-based materials manufacturer Dzek and Amsterdam-based design studio Formafantasma. Throughout the café, more than 7000 tiles have been carefully laid by a single skilled craftsman.
On the ground floor, we placed tables of different heights – a high counter with stools for people to watch the barista prepare their coffee, and a low table for people to enjoy the park from inside.
As you ascend to the second floor, you will find a variety of seating options designed to meet the needs of different customers. At one end of the space, a low floor area with bench seats (upholstered in an autumnal orange textile) can be separated from the main area by a gray sheer. An oval dining table in the center provides a casual, communal atmosphere for seating, and a high counter table with a bookcase-like light allows groups and quiet singles to sit at the back of the space. . In the back, a tiled coffee table is surrounded by comfortable armchairs and sofas.
In addition to the morning coffee/food menu, aperitifs and natural wine will also be available in the evening. We hope that visitors will enjoy the warm atmosphere as if they had been invited to visit the welcoming home of a close friend.