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Cafe de Leche Altadena

Los Angeles 2016

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The second location for Cafe de Leche has similar intentions as the FreelandBuck-designed Highland Park location; an interest in a vibrant interior that is both comfortably familiar and uniquely distinct.

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Conceived as a public node for a then-nascent community, CdL mixed a hallmark of contemporary urban redevelopment, the cafe, with aspects of local culture to create a diverse public space of commerce. While the Highland Park location projects the interior out to connect with the street, the Altadena location draws people off the street with a brightly patterned interior into a generous rear patio space.

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Programmed with seating, performance area, and children’s area with a sandbox, the tight interior is defined primarily by movement; in, out and through the cafe with limited opportunity for seating. The custom tile graphic expands the interior connecting floor and walls into a spatial field with uncertain boundaries.

Construction of patio expected 2017

 

Project team: Anass Benhachmi, Johannes Beck