In the heart of the up and coming Montreal neighborhood of Ville-Émard opens a new coffee shop and co-working space called Café Collab. The shop is located in a 2000 square foot space, right on the area’s main street: Boulevard Monk. For the time being, the heavily residential borough offers still very few new restaurants and cafés. As an effort to help develop its neighborhood, Café Collab offers its community not only a place to hang out and have excellent locally produced coffee, but also a place to work, meet, and escape from the daily routine of working at home.
▼室内概览，overview © ALEX LESAGE
One of the main design challenges faced were the several columns located in the centre of the room. With the front façade being the only source of natural light, it was important to keep the floor plan as open as possible. This is why the service counter is so spacious and is centrally placed; it acts not only as a reference design element but holds multiple functions. At the front, the structure acts as an ordinary client counter. On the sides, a u-shaped low counter serves as a shared working desk.
▼服务台正面，the front view of the service counter © ALEX LESAGE
▼服务台侧面，the side view of the service counter © ALEX LESAGE
▼服务台近景，a close view of the service counter © ALEX LESAGE
Rather than trying to camouflage the existing structure, it is celebrated, as the columns and beams have become a focal point in the overall design. To contrast with the light wood floors and white painted walls, the entire structure is covered in cobalt-blue stained oak. Whereas here it is used to playfully emphasize the grain of the wood, this same color is applied in a variation of ways throughout the space. Whether it be the glossy painted blue steel tables or the deep velvet curtains and stools, the signature color reinforces the identity of the brand. To tie in the blue accents with the natural wood of the floor, millwork and Ton chairs, the central counter is covered in a glossy light blue ceramic. On the peripheral walls, a series of square mirrors are covered with blue-fading film, bringing depth, mystery and even more color to the space.
▼蓝色调与地板、木制品和Ton系列椅子的天然木材相结合，to tie in the blue accents with the natural wood of the floor, millwork and Ton chairs © ALEX LESAGE
▼桌椅旁的深色天鹅绒窗帘，deep velvet curtains by the table and chairs © ALEX LESAGE
▼平面布局，plan © IVY STUDIO INC.
PROJECT: CAFÉ COLLAB
DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE: IVY
PHOTOS : ALEX LESAGE (www.alexlesage.com)
IVY STUDIO INC. TEAM:GABRIELLE ROUSSEAU + DAVID KIROUAC + GUILLAUME B. RIEL + PHILIP STASZEWSKI