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Zerno coffee shop

Zerno coffee shop

Studio 11
Lenina, Minsk, Belarus | View Map
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Alexandra Ovseets

Zerno Coffee Shop

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The design concept of Zerno overcame a change in the process of construction after the demolition works revealed fragments of old stucco moldings and decorated ceiling. This discovery encouraged us to build the interior around these small pieces of living history in the very heart of the city.


The coffee shop has two lighting scenarios: diffused lighting forthe ceiling and spot lights for wall mounted artefacts. A composition of light metal trays floating at a distance from the ceiling emphasizes the ceiling décor by providing soft ambience and creating the effect of ‘museum lighting’.


A floor-to-ceiling window allowing a maximum of lighting inside is one more advantage of the space. The seats are designed to enframe the window on both sides without blocking it. Furniture elements form a continuous outline and divide space into a waiting area with a bar counter and the café area itself with cozy sofas and tables, and the location of the brew barallows any visitor to observe the coffee making process.


The monochrome interior ensuresintegrity of space and reduces visual noise without shifting any highlighted details.


Undestroyed raw walls and smooth painted veneer have very close tone colors, whichgives artistic expression to the interior and makes it more resonant, whereas neutral-colored terrazzo slabs on the floor remind of the soviet past.


As for the wall exposition of ceramic blocksbrought over from Palanga (Lithuania) – it is just another evidence of the museum character of the place.

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