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Ark4lab of Architecture : Black Drop Coffee Shop

In Kavala (Greece), young designers from the local studio ark4lab of Architecture are creating a sinuous downtown café. Between raw concrete and copper plates, the place plunges us into an industrial and warm atmosphere.

It is on the ground floor of a concrete housing building, between two shops and in 23 meters long space, whose width varies between 10 and 2 meters, that the Greek architecture and design studio Ark4lab of Architecture has managed to create an atypical and comfortable coffee.

The two paths between which the longitudinal establishment takes place are contrasted in every respect. The widest facade - 10 meters -, and double height, faces a majestic building dating back to the end of the Ottoman Empire, today one of the most important history museums of this city-port of the north from the country, while on the other side, the bistro is open on a narrow lane overlooking many bars and restaurants through a bay window 3,5 meters wide.

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Of this strange particular insertion in the urban fabric of Kavala, the arrangers made a strong point. They then decided to open the space on the public space at both exits, creating on the one hand a counter open on the sidewalk - and which also reuses the materials on the façade such as black polished concrete or gray ceramic tiles. On the other hand, wooden stands have been positioned facing the street, offering consumers a pleasant view of the ancient monument.

Inside, under the raw concrete beams of formwork, are placed longitudinally seats whose textures are mixed. The original walls of mud brick and pink plaster were deliberately left in the state to testify to the past of the place, and have only been adorned with ceramic frescoes and copper plates.

An achievement that bridges the past and the present.

To learn more, visit le site de Ark4lab of Architecture

Photographies: STUDIO VAVDINOUDIS DIMITRIOU

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