Little Ground Cafe
HOSPITALITY | CAFE
GLENDALE | CALIFORNIA | USA
2016 | Completed

2016 AIA CALIFORNIA ARCHITECTURE MERIT AWARD

A study in texture, transparency and materiality, this corner walk-up cafe aims to inspire and enhance the area’s rare pedestrian culture. The main focus of the design is to create an calm, inviting public space that directly engages its frenetic urban setting.

The real joy in the project came by working with the patterning, texture and connections of the various wood screen, steel and concrete elements. Variability in the size, angle, color and spacing of the cedar screen draws attention from passersby[at all speeds], as well as offers differing degrees of shading and view mitigation. The concrete seating is contoured for comfort and follows an arc at the corner, allowing for seamless continuity and flow of materials.

The cafe's service area has a full service kitchen with walk-in freezer and multiple cooking stations. This allows them to prepare pastries in-house throughout the day. They also prepare their own bread and make a wonderful lunch. You'll love it here.