Arkylab, a Mexico-based firm, spatially brings together the smell of coffee, textures of the earth walls, and wooden and metal envelope in visual synthesis with the surrounding vegetation in this coffee shop project in Aguascalientes.
Located in the northern part of the city, the 250sqm space deploys an architectural program that spreads over two levels housing a speciality cafe. The cafe entrance is marked by a rammed earth wall that encloses all the elements of that level while directing the users towards the central interior space.
A small perimeter garden surrounds the space, detaching it from the outside and creating an enjoyable introverted space while the west facade equips the service areas.
As one approaches the upper level, they discover a mezzanine that floats over the facade, leaving a double-height space towards the back end. A light metal structure clad in wooden panels encapsulates this new dining area, offering views and spatial anomalies of the different functions.
The roof design shelters the space from the western sun while fostering the growth of plants, thereby evoking a sense of Komorebi- dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. Additionally, the eastern façade features a wide opening, seamlessly connecting the interiors with the outdoors.
The design strives to towards creating minimal environmental impact. This is strongly reflected in the choice of materials and construction techniques incorporated. Compacted earth walls constructed using materials excavated from the site with dense vegetation around the central core create a natural and efficient space. A wooden envelope facilitates cross ventilation and maintains a self-sufficient climate.
The result is a cafe that creates a seamless dialogue between the interiors and outdoors, crafting an immersive atmosphere, awakening the senses, and taking one through a sensory journey.