University of Southern California
Adjacent to the University of Southern California's (USC) School of Architecture & Roski School of Fine Arts, the 790 SF Shop Café is designed to provide a convenient grab ‘n’ go coffee shop for the students and is a continuation of the University’s long-range plan to provide quality on-campus food service to the student body and faculty.
The existing shell, a former student wood shop for the architecture school, was gutted and all remaining elements were painted yellow. The interior architecture consists of a mosaic tile ‘wrapper’ that warps and transforms to seamlessly integrate all functional elements: the condiment counter, the recycling center and the stand-up bar where patrons can enjoy their drinks. The simple wall graphics liken a museum or gallery tag that announces its title, contents and patrons as the media of this living sculpture.
• To provide a much needed amenity: a modern coffee house for students, faculty and staff.
• Create a simple, yet elegant design that integrates a lot of program elements into a small volume
• Create a new social center for the architecture & art schools
• Create and architecturally dynamic space appropriate for its patrons
- 2009 Calibre Award, Retail/Showroom
- International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Southern California Chapter