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4 Cafés Invite Patrons to Linger

October 27, 2020


Local firm Azaz Architects’ approach to Elixir Bunn Coffee Roasters aimed to disrupt Riyadh’s takeout-heavy culture with a design that encourages customers to stay awhile. “We wanted to bring Saudi Arabia to the global stage rather than the opposite,” says firm founder Shahad Alazzaz. However, a structural column in the center of the space created a challenge for the firm. By making it the focal point of the design, “we shifted the narrative around [it],” she says. New walls blossomed from the column and were shaped into massive arches finished in mud paint to evoke a temple-like feel.

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