Fika Coffee Kiosk
A Mobile Coffee Kiosk
Client: Kremme Coffee
Size: 10 sqm
Status: Complete, 2018
Awards: Honorable mention in 'The Big-Tiny Coffee House Challenge' competition 2018.
Based on the Swedish tradition of Fika, this design for a Scandinavian mobile kiosk celebrates the social experience that has become synonymous with drinking coffee.
Fika’ meaning ‘to have coffee’ is a Swedish tradition in which a coffee break is taken with friends, family, or colleagues. The organic form encourages social interaction amongst its customers.
The idea for the kiosk was developed from a study of social behaviours that surround the consumption of coffee. The internal form is shaped by the movement of the barista during the process of making coffee and the external form follows the behaviour of customers. The form is ambiguous. Changing from every angle, the idea was to cause a ‘pause’ in the journey of passers-by - who may be curious as to the function of the kiosk – much like how the coffee break creates a ‘pause’ in our workday.
At the centre of the kiosk is space for one barista and a fully functional barista station. At the opposite end of the structure, a pull-out plinth can be removed from the form revealing a seating nook, while the plinth itself can be used perch or gather around.
The roof operates on a hydraulic system that provides efficiency in operation and security after hours. The organic-formed roof is made from 12 perforated panels that have been concealed fixed to a skeletal structure. At night, when the kiosk is closed, the perforations are illuminated from within transforming the structure into a glowing art piece. When the kiosk is activated, the lightweight roof rises above the base supported by 15 hydraulic arms to reveal the functionality of the coffee kiosk.
The structure is 3D printed from a recycled PET filament with solid timber inlays in areas where customers come in contact with the structure. Using a plastic-based material in favour of timber or steel systems ensures the structure is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. The 3D printing construction process produces zero waste, reduces transportation impacts, and produces a recyclable product. The structural elements interlock with each other ensuring an efficient building process. Power is supplied to the coffee kiosk by a Genset generator concealed within a soundproof box in the base along with a small tank for Genset fuel. Mounted on x4 lockable heavy-duty castor wheels concealed within the base, the structure can be easily moved or relocated.
Responsible Design Principles: Reduce Waste, Resource Efficiency, Sustainable Materials, Local Resources, Design for Change
"The form of the kiosk was developed from a study of the human movement that would take place in and around the space."