NaNa Coffee Roasters Bangna - a cafe that prioritizes trees to enhance the flavor of its top-notch coffee.

NaNa Coffee Roasters is undoubtedly well-known to those who enjoy both coffee and architecture. Each branch has an own design and ambiance, and each coffee bean is roasted according to a special formula and tested by a Q Grader or one of Thailand’s coffee tasters.

The most recent location, NaNa Coffee Roasters Bangna acts as a flagship Store. The attractiveness of this branch is how it emphasizes the ambience of each cup of coffee to make it taste even better through the use of architecture and landscape architecture. The project is crafted by IDIN Architects together with TROP : terrains + open space

NaNa Coffee Roasters’ Flagship Store

The café starts with the needs of the owner, who wants the store to be a flagship store that reflects NaNa Coffee Roasters as much as possible. According to the owner’s background, he is one of the few Q Graders or specialists proficient in sensory evaluation of green coffee in Thailand. The purpose of this cafe is to deliver a more sophisticated coffee sipping experience. Architectural design and landscape architecture must play a part in enhancing the coffee sipping experience.

Architecture that allows you to concentrate on the taste of coffee.

Rather than focusing on the exterior of the building, the design concept for NaNa Coffee Roasters Bangna is to create an ambience and space that prioritizes the coffee sipping experience. This will allow coffee drinkers to experience the rich flavor and ambiance by concentrating on that cup of coffee. The architectural design had to be simplified while focusing on the integration with landscape architecture until it became consistent in order to create a setting that enhances the taste of coffee while making the bustle on Bangna-Trad Road disappear.

“In order to draw customers, most cafés typically think about creating an Instagrammable space. This cafe, on the other hand, is less concerned with photography and more concerned with how customers may access the genuine flavor of coffee through architecture and natural ambiance.”

The project started with an ancient home on the property.

The ancient house that the architects discovered on their visit to the property served as inspiration for their design. As a result, the original structure was refurbished to become a part of Slow Bar, a drip coffee bar that provides more privacy than other spots.

In the front, the architects linked the old home with the new structures, which were constructed in three sections, by putting trees between them and mocking the gable roof on one side of the original house to resemble a lean-to roof, leveling side by side. The internal function serves as a Speed Bar as well as a coffee sipping space. This area is appropriate for people who come for takeaways or simply to enjoy coffee. Every seat has a garden feel to it, making every room feel semi-indoor and semi-outdoor.

“We believe that the most significant part of this project is the trees. If it’s a game, trees are like an item that can be pulled out and used to slay all demons. In this project, the architectural design uses a canopy and big voids to gradually integrate into the trees. Sometimes we gradually add plants, furniture, and gravel to the interior, making it challenging to distinguish between the interior and exterior. Consequently, the garden is a wonderful addition to the coffee tasting experience.”

Internally designed to enhance the sophistication of the coffee drinking experience

White was the main color employed by the architects to accentuate the light-shading of the leaves and trees that cast the structure, both inside and out. Inside, however, the walls are reinforced to be wavier by using steel plates that can be bent and formed into shelves for the Speed Bar. The majority of the drinking tables face the garden, allowing guests to enjoy the scenery. Customers can concentrate on their coffee while keeping their distance from one another at the low, sloping bar tables. When not in use, the bar itself becomes a sculpture for a café.  Every glass is painted with a white mist pattern gradual from the bottom to generate an atmosphere and make the customers feel less provocative. A stainless steel ceiling is also added, creating a pattern that reflects shadows and plants onto the bar counter.

As for the Slow Bar, dripping takes  a lot of patience  and focus. The cafe has to have a quite private atmosphere. The architects used black burnt pine for the walls, contrasted with a white bar for baristas with world champion degrees and black chairs for the coffee enthusiasts facing the bar table, where they can easily see the coffee-making process and strike up a conversation with each other.

“The entire store is underpinned on the Concentrate concept. So that everyone is concerned about and appreciates every cup of coffee. This cafe is reminiscent of a nice lady, with attractive, understated characteristics but appealing with subtle features.”

Let landscape architecture be the hero

All of these iconic landscape architectures were designed by TROP : terrains + open space. The landscape architects have preserved almost all of the original area trees, such as the Ivory Coast almond tree and giant banyan trees that serve as the Slow Bar’s focal point. The outer bar wall is added to serve as a waiting area for the delivery rider. At the same time, it can also be a highlight of the entrance to the building. There is also stainless steel furniture in the garden d which gives a harmonious effect to the garden.

Becoming NaNa Coffee Roasters Bangna

“Building a cafe these days is not easy because good cafes can be found everywhere. However, this project does not focus on creating a special character for the building. So it became design freedom. Because the emphasis in this cafe is on drinking coffee, the architecture and landscape architecture encourage people to concentrate on coffee as much as possible. People are more likely to use a service again when both the coffee and the surroundings are pleasant. This work has entirely changed from the flavor of coffee to architecture since the owner appreciates independence and the profession of architecture.”

Watsapon Vijitsarn

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