Coffee lovers get the opportunity to sip their favourite beverage inside of a coffee sack in Priština.
When I open my coffee can before breakfast in the morning, it smells so delicious that I would love to sit inside of the can. In Priština, the capitol of Kosovo, one may abandon oneself to this impulse. Because, since this year, the Don Café Houseis situated there and has been designed by the local architectural office Innarch as the inside of a coffee sack.
The café is located inside of a shopping mall towards whom it is completely open. The organic inside-sack shape is achieved by 1365 two to four-centimetre thick plywood panels, arranged in lamella form. Both separating walls are entirely clad in those panels. The panels are cut in the shape ofwaves, curving into a kind of bench at seat height along one of the walls. Recesses in the opposite wall behind the bar are used as shelves. Another wave of plywood runs along the bar as a mere means of design. The supporting columns of the café are clad with actual coffee sacks, bearing the letters “DONCAFÉ HOUSE”.
Of course, coffee beans are a must in a coffee sack. Large candelabras hanging from the ceiling are clad in plywood, giving them the shape of coffee beans. Halogen lamps in the ceiling provide additional lighting. Oval tables surrounded by small, padded armchairs also depict coffee beans. The glazed outer façade opens towards a terrace, whose furniture – presumably for reasons of outdoor durability – does not follow the design of the interior. The floor is clad with large ochre tiles.
This is only the Beginning
The Don Café House in Priština is the first of its kind in a planned chain. Innarch has already completed another Don Café House in Peja, also Kosovo. The coffee sack with beans is part of the corporate design. In Peja, the idea of the wavelike wall of a sack is not reduced to the walls. Here, a seating made of the same plywood panels winds across the room like the seam of a sack.
The creative theme of a coffee sack with coffee beans is consistently applied throughout the entire Don Café House in the typical manner of fast-food chains. The design and construction are funny and original. Therefore, by making use of this cleverly chosen trademark, there seem to be no obstacles on the Don Café chain’s road to success. But, of course, first of all there is still the most important question to be answered: how is the coffee actually?