Student cafe design 1 - Simple Student Café storefront design that welcomes the incoming visitors, with the large glass wall that permits the daylight in and offers a view to the interior space, creating an inviting feel, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

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.

Student cafe design 3 - Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design managed to bring the Cambridge university interior style to the Saudi Arabian Student Café, by mixing warm tones and wooden wall paneling, dark wood herringbone floor tiles and the various vintage elements that embellish the space.
CAS-Student cafe design 2 - Open mezzanine hallway that leads to the more private study area designated for the ladies, with white walls and gray wall paneling and chandeliers that light up the double height space, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design. -
Student cafe design 6 - Student Café interior design by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design, the English style is manifested by the use of the dark navy blue wall panels, the dark wood herringbone floor tiles, the vintage staircase and the wooden partitions separating the private study booths, creating a warm and inviting feel.

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.

Student cafe design 5 -The upper floor of the Student Café which is offered for the ladies for more privacy, with study cubicles on each side enclosed by light gray wooden partitions with lattice pattern, walls painted in white that contrasts with the dark wood floor, creating an overall welcoming feel and an environment suitable for better focus and concentration, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Student cafe design 4 - The upper floor of the Student Café designated for the ladies to offer more privacy, with walls painted in white along with gray wall paneling that complements the paneled ceiling, and which contrasts with the dark wood herringbone floor tiles, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

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.

Student cafe design 18 - Simple Student Café storefront design that welcomes the incoming visitors, with the large glass wall that permits the daylight in and offers a view to the interior space, creating an inviting feel, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Student cafe design 7 - Mezzanine floor offers more privacy for the ladies, with café tables that sit opposite to the study cubicles, offering a different space setting. The dark wood herringbone pattern contrasts with the gray and white paneled ceiling, creating an inviting feel for the visitors, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

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.

Student cafe design 9 - Vintage food court placed at the back end of the Student Café to minimize the noise around the study areas, with a cafeteria-style wooden display fridge that is separated from the other rooms by paneled dark navy blue partition, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Student cafe design 8 - Private study booths provide suitable spaces for better concentration and focus, separated by wooden partitions with lattice pattern make way for a corridor that leads towards the entrance door of the Student Café, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

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.

Student cafe design 10 - The upper floor of the Student Café which is offered for the ladies for more privacy, with study cubicles on each side enclosed by light gray wooden partitions with lattice pattern, walls painted in white that contrasts with the dark wood floor, creating an overall welcoming feel and an environment suitable for better focus and concentration, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Student cafe design 11 - Individual private study room in the Student Café, inspired by the Cambridge University's interior mood, furnished with a vintage cupboard, a full size writing desk and a comfortable leather chair. A built-in chalkboard is also placed within the wall panels for creative brainstorming, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Student cafe design 12 - English style lounge area with paneled walls and chesterfield armchairs, painted with dark navy blue and dark green with white accents that help create a comfortable space for a quiet read and a hot drink, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

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.

Student cafe design 15 - Close-up shot of the private study booth, enclosed by a dark navy blue partition and lit up with a vintage desk lamp, a chalkboard is also placed within the wall panels for brainstorming, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

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.

Student cafe design 14 - Pantry interior design with all the right classic elements from the black and white floor tiles to the dark navy blue paneled door to the half tiled walls, covered in warm tones to match the rest of the Student Café interior, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Student cafe design 12 - English style lounge area with paneled walls and chesterfield armchairs, painted with dark navy blue and dark green with white accents that help create a comfortable space for a quiet read and a hot drink, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

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.

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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.

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