An indoor garden blooms inside a new architect-designed Brooklyn coffee shop
There’s a piece of Colombian culture thriving in downtown Brooklyn. Devocion, a farm-to-table coffee roasters and café, has gone back to its Bogota roots for the design of its newest outpost.
Working together with the New York-based practice LOT Office for Architecture, Devocion has combined both Brooklyn and Colombian aesthetics to create a moment of reprieve in a busy, high-footfall neighbourhood. The space not only features an eye-catching coffee bar counter, which is finished with a black marble top and elegant wood paneling, but also a raised central island that’s been installed with seating and jungle-like foliage.
Marigold floor tiles with a simple black and white pattern and perforated concrete block partitions envelope the interior, bringing a dynamic, graphic flourish to the space. Plus, located within a new building development, the 1,700 sq ft space boasts 18 ft floor-to-ceiling windows that drench the café with natural light.
Inside Devocion Brooklyn, designed by LOT Office of Architecture
‘The concept creates a language of abstract ideas in reference to the brand origins, that can translate into a communal space,’ says Leo Trampoukis of LOT Architecture. ‘[This appears] each time in new formats with a contextual uniqueness, depending on each location’s conditions: lush nature, improvised and informal – natural – seating moments: a connecting and gathering lounge spot, a coffee counter that functions as a main pole and a diverse materiality palette of warm, but raw elements.’
All around, thoughtful attention to detail abounds. Not only have the café’s custom-designed furniture and cabinets been produced by Colombian craftsmen using local wood to reinforce Devocion’s heritage, an impressive 35 different plant varieties (including mango, ficus, fish tail palm and starfruit trees) have been incorporated into the indoor garden to give it a lush, indigenous feel.