GROUNDS is a coffee hub in Prague’s developing area of Karlín. Tucked inside an inner yard of a vibrant office and residential street, the hub works as a neighborhood cafe where coffee is being served straight from its own roastery. In order to cut the costs but also learn how the architecture and spaces relate to their production processes, the construction was made hands-on and designed-by-building together with the coffee community running the place.


Taking advantage of the overhead natural light, a translucent duplex object allows light through to the various functions of the hub, all integrated and connected within the unit.


The further spaces from the entrance are dedicated to the in-house coffee production: from the storing of the raw beans to the roasting, cleaning, and packaging processes. The built-in inner room is made for the coffee testing, functioning both as the showroom of the professional barista machines and where educational workshops and competitions are taking place. The object’s front side towards the entrance is dedicated to the cafeteria and the sale of the coffee to the final users. Towards the sidewall, a suspended tangerine-colored metal staircase leads to the upper working space, enveloped by an organically shaped corrugated plastic wall. The organically designed plan allows nooks in which a variety of plants are growing and working as a source of natural air purifiers, dust collectors, and helping to keep a balance in the levels of humidity needed for the coffee processes.


The interior was built by 80% construction site waste of a previously dismantled project, applying the architect’s objective on reducing the issues related to construction site waste in the country. The suspended lights are recovered and painted industrial lamps from an inactive weapons factory, while the coffee tables are hand-made concrete pieces manufactured on-site, as well as the wooden bench running along the wall and the vertical merchandise wall. The bar is made of uncoated corrugated metal sheets and the custom metalworking desk was cut-out to fit all the coffee fixtures needed for the serving process.

该项目是焙烧公司Rusty Nails咖啡生产商Rene Kralovič的创意,他是捷克共和国各种成功酒店项目的幕后推手。这里的想法是将焙烧室的概念扩大到公众,同时也是咖啡师和咖啡专家自我教育的平台,并成为社区的一部分。

The project is the brainchild of roasting company Rusty Nails coffee producer Rene Kralovič, who is behind various successful hospitality projects in the Czech Republic. The idea here was to expand the concept of a roastery to the public, as well as being a platform for baristas and coffee experts to educate themselves and be part of a community.

Architects: KOGAA
Area: 120 m²
Year: 2020
Photographs: Alex Shoots Buildings
Manufacturers: Duro, Duro design, VitrA
Lead Architect: Tomas Kozelsky
Design Team:Alexandra Georgescu, Tomas Kozelsky, Viktor Odstrčilík, Kateřina Baťková, Josef Řehák, Kateřina Čenovská
Client :Rusty Nails Coffee Roasters
Metalworks:DURO design
Country:Czech Republic


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