Register: APR/25/2018, Submit: MAY/29/2018, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies and students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 80 USD, students 60 USD (OCT/26/2017 – JAN/09/2018); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 100 USD, students 70 USD (JAN/10 – FEB/28/2018); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 80 USD (MAR/01 – APR/25/2018); Awards: 1st Prize 3,000 USD, 2nd Prize 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
It’s hard to remember a time when there wasn’t a coffee shop perched on every corner. With the boom of coffee culture in the late 90s, mornings seem unbearable without the support of a caffeine kick. Emulating the cosmopolitan New York lifestyle of shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and Sex and the City, ambiance-inspired cafés that encourage its customer to linger were a big step away from the greasy spoons of yesteryear.
Coffee culture was then further cemented by the emergence of the digital age, when workers were freed from their desks and took to working from any coffee shop with a strong WiFi signal and an even stronger Arabica blend. And despite what the US sitcoms would have you believe, Americans are not the biggest coffee drinkers in the world. The Times recently mapped the world according to coffee consumption per capita, with Finland taking the top spot averaging 12 kg of coffee per person per year. Their fellow Scandinavians Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden all also appearing in the top 10.
The Big Tiny Coffee House Challenge is asking participants to design a coffee shop kiosk that could be replicated in capital cities across Northern Europe. In partnership with “Kremm Coffee and Gelato”, we are looking for iconic designs that can be easily constructed and transported, while at the same time being sophisticated enough to have the potential to become a recognised landmark in their own right. The kiosk should accommodate one barista and be suitable for all weather conditions.
Winning designs will be put forward for consideration for construction, with “Kremm Coffee and Gelato” committed to construct the series of the coffeehouses in 2018/2019.
PROJECT PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS
- Total building area kept to the minimum
- Workstation for one barista
- Customers served from counter window
- Able to provide comfortable work environment in all weather conditions
- Easily constructed, transported and dismantled
- In the case of a “house on wheels”, the structure is not required to be dismantled
- Clean and grey water storage
- Low maintenance in terms of effort and costs
- Vandalism proof
- No toilet required
The project qualities listed above are minimum requirements; the competition brief is open to adaptation and improved development strategies.