Located on busy Hoang Dieu street in Da Nang city (Vietman), Namra Coffee was designed by D1 Architectural Studio as an escape from the city streets, an oasis of tranquility and silence behind layers of greenery.
The design is a refurbishment of a 70s modernist building that previously housed a wedding dress showroom. In order to retain part of the building’s character, the architects decided to preserve many of the building’s original details such as the double-layered brick walls, green concrete floor, and 70s style balconies. The green concrete floor has now become the theme colour for the coffee shop.
While retaining many of the original details it was also imperative to update and refresh the building to ensure a space with proper natural light and ventilation, as well as improved traffic flow. To do so, the team relocated the stair to the back of the property and took down blocking walls to open up space and improve ventilation. Heavy concrete floors were removed and replaced with a steel-framed structure.
On the ground floor, the coffee bar ambiance is lively and social. On the second floor, spaces are more relaxed and private, allowing for an overview of the busy coffee bar below. Upon reaching the third floor, customers have the opportunity to take in a zen-like tranquil space.
The former metal façade was replaced with open glass windows and balconies full of plants that allow sunlight and greenery to energize the space with natural vitality. The new high-performance storefront windows dull out street noise and separate guests from the busy world outside.
The interior décor places an emphasis on sustainability. Rather than sourcing mass-produced, commercially available items, the team decided to furnish the space with handmade materials and furnishings from local artisans.