The project for a minimalist cafe located in the small town of Morioka, Japan, was a nod to owners’ 1960s vintage coffee roaster. It could no longer fit into their small space.
That’s how Nagasawa was born. Conceived by Arii Irie Architects, the place focuses around 6-meter long terrazzo table that invites the guests to gather around the centerpiece. A matching bar made of mineral bonded wood and a row of structural tables by the window create a cohesive architectural landscape. Because of high ceilings, the height of the tables was kept lower so as to minimize the risk of guests feeling overwhelmed by the 2,8-meter tall space. Thanks to a muted color palette and a minimalist decor, Nagasawa evokes feelings of harmony and serenity.