custom concrete coffee counter for a Coffee and Food Lab in Berlin Mitte.
This unique concrete bar with rounded edges and curved façade was a co-design process. We received the initial design from Freehaus Architects, and brought their design to reality. In addition to the complex curvature of the required mould, we coloured the concrete with pigment to match the exact color palette of the interior plans.
We had the opportunity to design special details into this counter, such as embedding the custom made glass rinser and drip tray, and the Modbar modular espresso tap system from La Marzocco. The models are hidden underneath the bar. On top of the bar, only the espresso taps are visible, entirely built in. A common problem in cafés is that these taps are fairly low. But if you want to align them with coffee machines, they need be lifted. Our design included special ‘feet’ poured into the mould itself, in order to build it all in one piece. This has never been done anywhere else.
In one of our most complex projects to date, the mould had to be as perfect as possible. The volume of the overall bar required a lot of initial design problem-solving, in addition to the challenge of creating smooth, rounded edges with a material as unpredictable as concrete. We laminated all surfaces and curved edges with acrylic glass, placing it with precision, and polishing it afterward to achieve the final, smooth result.
Jonas Klock with Tom Spoorendonk, Alexander Spiliopoulos, Clinton Sheldon, Nils Dieckmann, Henry Pflüger, Benjamin Voehringer and Lene Antonopoulos
Jon Mortimer (Video and Photography), Constantin Gerlach (Photography), Fundamental Berlin, Freehaus Design, Mason Juday (CNC)