Coffee heaven

Ursula Herrling-Tusch
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Metallic mesh ceiling structure shines at Heimbs Café

Tradition meets modernity at the flagship store of one of Germany's oldest coffee roasting companies: Perfectly matched details in the interior design make Heimbs Café in the Schloss-Arkaden shopping centre in Braunschweig a real oasis of coffee pleasure. Earthy colours combined with the modern elegance of glass and metal convey the flair of the countries where coffee is grown to the world of the successful German catering company. The bronze-coloured mesh ceiling cladding by GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG from Düren represents the matching, sunny sky.

Roasting company Heimbs processes more than 2,500 tons of the popular beans every year. The flagship store in the company's home city of Braunschweig was to pay homage to the tradition of coffee while reflecting its high quality standards. This is why the Despang architects from Hanover decided to create a visual "flavour" through appropriate material combinations in the interior of the building. Design elements such as illuminated coffee beans enclosed in glass or an earthy black ash parquet floor distinguish the concept, which finds its continuation in the ceiling cladding made of shining metallic mesh. GKD developed the special design made of brass Lamelle mesh specifically for this purpose. The wavy mesh spans the ceiling and wall before finally terminating in a curved bench as seating. The form of the structure is reminiscent of the aroma symbol in the roasting company's logo, which is affixed to the cladded wall of the café. For the ceiling cladding, a total of 26 mesh panels of between 0.96 and 3.87 meters in length and 1.4 to 3.78 meters in width were assembled to form a continuous structure and were enhanced with targeted lighting. The reflection of the mesh thus creates the warm atmosphere desired by the architects and recalls the sunny skies of the homelands of coffee.

Coffee heaven
Coffee heaven

Metallic mesh ceiling structure shines at Heimbs Café © GKD/Baumann/Despang

Coffee heaven

Metallic mesh ceiling structure shines at Heimbs Café © GKD/Baumann/Despang

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