The new 1,570-square-foot (146-square-metre) location is set below a host of shops in the city's PATH complex – a network of underground pedestrian tunnels and walkways – meaning that it attracts a variety of clientele, many of whom are often on the move.
MSDS Studio wanted the cafe to suit both the needs of customers in a hurry, but also encourage some to stay. Its response was to separate the to-go service area at the entrance from the adjoining seating area, by choosing different finishes for each.
Bright white walls, fluorescent lighting and dark-blue details adorn the area of the food and drinks counter where customers will gather.
"This area is dressed in cool tones denoting efficiency and competence," MSDS told Dezeen.
Key features include the powder-coated, custom-made curved service counter and arched built-in wall nooks. Lighting traces these indents to add to the aesthetic and match the ceiling lights, while the menu is projected in lighting onto the rear wall.
Meanwhile, warmer pale beige tones are used in the adjoining seating area, such as the wood-clad walls and bare plaster. Benches placed along the back wall, as well as the chairs and tables, all match the hues of these materials.
"The secondary space, located to the immediate right of the entrance, creates a sanctuary for those in need of respite, separating the seating area from commuter foot traffic by a wood-clad partition and plaster wall," said the studio
"The warm materials and colours in this area compliment the rounded forms found throughout the space, and invite a sense of cafe culture into what would otherwise be a utilitarian grab-and-go cafe."
A circular opening punctured into one of the wood-clad walls offers a glimpse of a plant that grows in front of the glazed shop front, which is inscribed with the name of the cafe. Other greenery can be found in plant pots decorating the tables.
Photography is by Shanghoon.