|Quench Juice Bar & Internet Café|
Quench Juice Bar & Internet Café, Galway, Ireland.
The original building on the site consisted of an underutilised, long and dark retail unit with cramped residential over. The site is long [40m] and thin [4m] and this in turn produced many issues with light and fire escape. A Client decision was taken to remove the poor residential accommodation and concentrate on developing the retail.
Through careful design and lengthy planning negotiations a successful layout that maximised the potential of the site area was approved.
The success was achieved with an open and visible layout with high light levels. A long curving roof creates a near double-height space to the upper floor area, with several roof lights flooding light to all areas. The resulting ambient light working well with the Internet Café computer screens and creating pleasant lighting to the seating areas to both upper and lower floors, via the wide staircase.
The bold staircase, opening up the first floor, also allows concealment of the Juice Bar servery beneath utilising all available floor area. The service areas are positioned in the less crucial spaces requiring less natural light and shortening escape distances.
The high level volume opens up the building and draws hot air away from the busy ground floor resulting in a clear and cool café atmosphere, eliminating the requirement for ventilation equipment.
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