Cafe de Leche Altadena

Los Angeles, 2016


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.



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.




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: David Freeland, Brennan Buck, Anass Benhachmi, Johannes Beck