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Jensen Architects Converts Automobile Showroom Into Blue Bottle Coffee

First and foremost, the adaptive reuse of an historic landmark revives a valuable piece of the Temescal neighborhood's cultural identity. The design restores as much of the existing building as possible including the original tile floors, interior moldings, and exterior glazed-ceramic-tile facade. Photography courtesy of Jensen Architects.

The historic storefront was refitted with low-e, heat-reflective glass, which works with the interior Mechoshade Thermoveil roller shades to temper the direct afternoon sun. Photography courtesy of Jensen Architects.

The design, conceived as a minimal intervention in a beautiful old building, centers around the insertion of several simple, "furniture" pieces, each sustainably crafted. Photography courtesy of Jensen Architects.

The lighting design uses only LED fixtures, including the Moooi "Raymond Zafu" chandelier. House lights on the ceiling are LED par lamps screwed into a classic porcelain "keyless" socket, a practical solution that will allow the client to change the bulbs as technology improves. Photography courtesy of Jensen Architects.

The thick wood top of the round customer table is FSC-certified fumed oak. Photography courtesy of Jensen Architects.

Behind a clear vinyl curtain, the company's tech department services espresso machines. Photography courtesy of Jensen Architects.

Behind a clear vinyl curtain, the company's tech department services espresso machines. Photography courtesy of Jensen Architects.

The espresso bar and customer table frames, locally fabricated by Josh Tomlinson of Dialogue Design Build, are made of steel containing 70% recycled content. Photography courtesy of Jensen Architects.

The espresso bar and customer table frames, locally fabricated by Josh Tomlinson of Dialogue Design Build, are made of steel containing 70% recycled content. Photography courtesy of Jensen Architects.

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