Here is a coffee shop that is available in Chicago, Illinois designed by Norsman Architects. This is the Caffe Streets which provides a hub of social well-designed for the environment. And their version of the social means no wifi. Located on Wicker Park’s vibrant Division Street, Caffe Streets balances a “social” coffee house atmosphere with a highly functional Masters Barista bar designed for craft coffee making.
A wide storefront displays to the street the intimate 1000 s.f. interior seating area and highlighted coffee bar. Marbled bamboo plywood is used to create custom communal tables, chairs, wall paneling and a layered CNC sculpted ceiling inspired by the baristas artistic pouring of steamed milk into coffee. The seating plan maximizes occupancy. This combined with a walk up coffee bar encourages interaction illustrating the cafe’s symbiotic relationship with its community.
Reinforcing the owner’s belief that the street is a vital component of the urban community, elements of the street are brought into the caffe. The baristas’ work is illuminated by retrofitted Chicago streetlights. Polished concrete floors connect with the sidewalks. A 7’ tall photo light-box of the neighborhood’s famous 6-corner intersection greets guests.
Backlit perforated metal panels at the bar filter light into the cafe. Custom stainless steel “pour-over” bar and counters and unusual coffee making devices on display create a laboratory setting. The impressive espresso machine design is highlighted with millwork details and serves as the centerpiece of the bar.
While Caffe Streets is thrilled to be counted among the elite Third Wave coffee shops across the country, their primary objective is to provide an enduringly memorable experience for their patrons. These abiding memories are achieved through a three-pronged standard of aesthetic, culinary, and customer service excellence.
The vibrant space is in perfect harmony with the eclectic, bohemian spirit of the surrounding Wicker Park neighborhood. Extensive storefront glass reveals the sleek bamboo interior seating area and the well-designed coffee bar to the streetscape. Marbled bamboo plywood is used to create custom communal tables, chairs, wall paneling and an organic sculpted ceiling inspired by the Baristas cappuccino creations. The Barrista Bar is illuminated by actual Chicago streetlights, back-lit perforated metal panels suggest the coffee filtering process, and custom stainless steel tools and tables create a laboratory environment for experimentation and perfection of their product. Communal tables and intimate seating, combined with a walk up coffee bar that encourages interaction with the Barrista reaffirm a symbiotic relationship at Caffe Streets, we are all in this together.
As a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, they take a meticulous approach to their beverages through a combination of state-of-the-art equipment and superior ingredients. From the centerpiece, the top-of-the-line Synesso Hydra espresso machine, to the custom-built pour over bar, to the stately Hario cold brew dripper; this facility blurs the line between coffee bar and laboratory. Using premium beans from a rotating selection of local and regional roasters, along with high-quality milk and ingredients from vendors who share their commitment to excellence, they pursue perfection in every cup.
Project name: Caffe Streets
Location: 1750 West Division Street, Chicago, Illinois 60622, United States
Type: Cafe / Coffee Shop
Project Area: 1000 sf
Project Year: 2011
Completion Year: 2012
- 2012 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards – Restaurant & Bar Design Awards – International bar Category (North America & Canada) – Shortlist
Visit Caffe Streets’s Website: here
Client / Owner / Developer: Caffe Streets
Interior Designer: Norsman Architects, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Text Description: © Courtesy of Norsman Architects, aiachicago
Images: © Norsman Architects, Caffe Streets