blue bottle cafe jensen architects

A few months ago Jensen Architects converted an automobile showroom into a Blue Bottle Coffee.The building had long served as a showroom for automobiles and later as a mattress store. Michelle Ott, production artist for , was biking through the East Bay are of Oakland. She was awed by W. C. Morse building architecture.

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Blue Bottle brought in Mark Jensen, principal of Jensen Architects—with whom the brand had already teamed for a pavilion at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—to bring a shot of life back into the old space. He left historical characteristics intact, including ceramic hexagonal floor tiles and crown moldings.

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To turn an auto showroom into a café, “The key,” as Jensen says, “was to intervene without taking away the patina of the space.”

Source: Interior Design