Reviving History - Coffee Shop's Timeless Design

Reviving History - Coffee Shop's Timeless Design

This article discusses the unique design of a specialty coffee shop that melds historical preservation with urban brutalist aesthetics. The shop is situated in a historical 1921 building adjacent to the last remaining Belgrade mosque from the Ottoman Empire. The design incorporates historical bricks at the cash register for tactile engagement with the past, while the interior is divided into three distinct zones for various customer needs. Construction materials like chimney blocks, paving slabs, and perforated trays are repurposed to reflect the city's architectural character. A key feature is the ribbon-shaped bench that encourages a sense of unity among customers. Great care was taken to restore the building's original windows to enhance natural lighting and honor the building's heritage.

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