Convention is a hop, skip and a jump away, and The Center for Architecture and Design is prepared for an influx of more than 30,000 eager attendees to flow in and out of the Center. All throughout Convention, baristas from the Living Room Café will be serving up coffee at the Jacob’s Coffee Bar at the Center. Convention attendees can come by from 6am-3pm and grab a free cup of our exclusive “Venturi Scott Brown Blend”.
The process of creating the Jacobs Coffee Bar has been truly collaborative, take a step inside the story below:
Inside the Coffee Bar Design Process
For the past several months, a team of architects, designers, coffee roasters, baristas, woodworkers, and AIA staff have been dreaming up the Jacob’s Coffee Bar. Soha St. Juste, AIA, LEED AP, Architectural Design Principal at Jacobs and Chair of the Convention Steering Committee for Convention explains the process: “The design of the coffee bar was collaboratively formed between architects at Jacobs Philadelphia and Timber Forge Woodworks. The goal was to design a portable showpiece for the Center for Architecture and Design that can function as a serving station for multiple types of events, while at the same time showcasing the talents and craftsmanship of the Timber Forge Woodworks brand. One of the strengths of their work is the implementation of the live-edge timber countertop in a waterfall edge installation. We incorporated those strengths and designed a portable coffee bar with an English walnut counter and cold rolled steel cabinets. We hope that the Center for Architecture and Design will be able to use these two new coffee bars in conjunction with the beautiful new renovation of the space"
Louis Kahn, Architect or Coffee Connoisseur?
It all started back in the summer of 2015. During a Center for Architecture and Design Board meeting, the idea of “Kahn Coffee” was born. This keen idea led to a Kahn Coffee Label Design Competition that took place during DesignPhiladelphia 2015, wherein the public voted on 30 entries for their favorite design. Paul Drzal was chosen as the winner, and thus – Kahn Coffee was born! The Kahn Coffee label was so fresh that the Center for Architecture and Design hired Paul to make two accompanying coffee labels, a medium Vienna roast, Venturi Scott Brown Blend, and a dark French roast, Furness Roast. Three different roasts as distinct as the architects that they’re named after. The Center for Architecture and Design paired up with Philly Fair Trade, a local coffee producer that sources 100% Arabica coffee beans fair trade, shade grown, organic and bird-friendly coffees. All three blends will be available for purchase at the AIA Bookstore throughout Convention.
Visionary Coffee Cups
Soha St. Juste explains that, “The Jacobs coffee cups are a progression of architectural sketching and rendering techniques that are used in our office to generate ideas amongst the design teams and to encourage the visioning process with our clients. All three cups feature sketches of projects that were generated during the visioning process of the design before digital renderings were produced. Two of the cups feature large scale international master planning projects while the other features one of our local projects, Dupont Project Renaissance, a new headquarters campus in Wilmington Delaware that Jacobs master planned and designed for Dupont. There are two tours of the LEED Gold campus on May 20th at the AIA National Convention."