About the project
For the second branch of Qahwaty, context played a major role in the design. It was necessary for the cafe to cater to the fast paced environment of DIFC without losing its brand DNA. Designers Key Concept managed to retain the homely arabesque characteristics and personal touches even in such a small scale, busy setting.
With such an intimate space to work with, it was made sure that every inch was made functional and effective. The shop is a standalone block that is in the intersection of a lot of corridors on the new DIFC Gate avenue. It is situated in a high traffic area, for business people and guests of The Ritz nearby. The goal was to open and orient the interiors in such a way that the bar was visible from all three sides. The designers collaborated closely with the client and the baristas in achieving the most compact bar feasible that would enable high numbers of takeaway. The addition of counter seats suited this energy as well. Another aspect was to have a majlis in some shape or form, since it was very successful in the café’s first branch. Additional seating was built around the block so guests could sit outside and enjoy the view with a cup of coffee, weather permitting, of course.