David Baker Architects

Saint Frank Coffee


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Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Brian Jones

The design of Saint Frank Coffee is a collaboration between Ian Dunn of OpenScope Studio and Amanda Loper of David Baker Architects.

 

Saint Frank is a coffee bar focused on relationally-sourced coffee from small-scale growers.

Saint Frank's owners were looking for entirely new aesthetic that alters expectations for a coffee shop—in keeping with their goal of changing expectations for coffee. 

This design is restrained rethinking of a tall and narrow space—a former nail salon—with a single-minded goal of maximizing the relationship between the customer, the barista, and the coffee.

The simple yet rich material palette accentuates the abundance of natural light pouring into the soaring retail space. The clean lines and spare counters remove all visual barriers between the staff and the clientele. 

Image: Brian Jones

Image: Brian Jones

Strong diagonal patterns in the white oak flooring guide the way to the central bar. Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Patricia Chang

The portion of this soaring space that is inhabited by humans has been wrapped in a warm wainscot of white oak.

Set against a warm wood background, the bar is the focal point and social center of the space.

Exterior. Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Brian Jones

Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Patricia Chang

Image: Patricia Chang

Strong diagonal patterns in the white oak flooring guide the way to the central bar. Image: Patricia Chang

Diagonal white oak planking on the walls makes for a clean backdrop and draws the eye to the central bar. Image: Brian Jones

Image: Brian Jones

Strong diagonal patterns in the white oak flooring guide the way to the central bar. Image: Brian Jones

Image: Brian Jones

Image: Brian Jones

Clean material transitions keep the space unfussy. Image: Brian Jones

The portion of this soaring space that is inhabited by humans has been wrapped in a warm wainscot of white oak.

Set against a warm wood background, the bar is the focal point and social center of the space.

Before: Saint Frank's previous incarnation as a nail salon.

Ian Dunn of OpenScope Studio and Amanda Loper of David Baker Architects accept the AIA SF Design Award for Interior Architecture.

awards

Interior Architecture Merit Award
AIA San Francisco

project details

Category

All Projects, DBA_Inside, Restaurants, Retail, San Francisco

​Location

San Francisco, California

Architect

OpenScope Studio with David Baker Architects

General Contractor

Buck O’Neill Builders

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