Student Cafe Design
Location: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Scope of services: Interior Design and Logo Design
Date: October 2017
Client: Yousif Al-Sharif
You’ve mastered the art of brewing an exceptional cup of coffee, and you’re confident that your coconut cream pie is the pinnacle of perfection — but choosing the ideal student cafe design and layout may be out of your comfort zone.
Yousif Al Shirif came to us with plans for making a student café near a university dorm in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. CAS architects and designers carried out the interior design and the logo for the student café in the classic British style, inspired by Cambridge University.
This café is a two-story building with the ground floor for boys and the mezzanine floor, which provides more privacy, for girls.
What we did for Yousif Al Shirif in student cafe design is a concept that appeals to university students in different degrees, a unique idea to focus on a specific audience in this business.
The perfect coffee shop design requires a thorough understanding of good concept — and potential customers. Once the client was clear on what would make his coffee shop the most appealing for his target audience, who were university students, we began our work on the storefront design, signage, in-store design, layout and a logo for this new start-up business.
Storefront design and signage reflected his student café design concept. And this is exactly what we did with front window signage and logo design.
The coffee shop’s layout is a critical component of the interior design. How you lay a coffee shop out will determine how efficiently your staff operates as well as how comfortable your guests feel. We evaluated the efficiency of this student cafe design from both an employee’s and a customer’s perspective. The perfect layout promotes productivity amongst staff and enhances customer experience.
How we chose to design this coffee shop’s interior was of utmost importance. From our choice of color scheme, artwork, and wall decor, to the counter, dining area, seating area, standing open area and closed cells, display cases, menu board, restrooms, even the point of sale, our concept is evident throughout this entire coffee shop. We chose materials, colors, and lighting that created our desired mood. While we’re at it, consider the unique charms of the space itself.
For the interior, we went with white paint for the ladies’ level and dark colors for the gentlemen’s level but both with the classic British décor for the protruding parts of the café columns. We used coffered ceiling with white moldings and light grey background for that classic British look.
The client wanted us to separate the café into different areas based on various activities and student gatherings and we did so.
For the pair studying area, we used one-legged tables with wooden mosaic tops and cafeteria style chairs. The green agave walls and the vintage wall lighting give the area a classic vibe perfect for studying and concentration.
In the individual study area, wooden partitions with lattice, divide the individual areas. Full-sized wooden writing tables and library chairs with leather seats complete the comfy look for individuals wanting to study in the café. Built-in chalkboards have also been placed on the walls of the study areas giving students the freedom to write their thoughts out on the walls.
The reading area, group study area and the room for masters and researchers, would not be complete without big bulky leather armchairs and couches and large wooden tables.
And the most important part of the café, which is the food court, is adorned with a cafeteria-style showcase, vintage restaurant service trolleys and a cast iron spiral staircase with wooden steps for that truly vintage classic look. A separate pantry and toilet is considered for each zone as the essential facility, with their location considered at the back of the building for good work flow at the front.
The logo design had to combine two ideas, students with their heads in books, with the notion of a café, which symbolized relaxation and of course, coffee. In the first sketches, we realized that using the U in student would be best shown as a cup of coffee. The book being flipped at the steam of the mug offers a touch of fantasy design.