This tiny cafe at Kanda Manseibashi is the eleventh store Blue Bottle Coffee opened in Japan. It is their smallest store with the floor area of 25 square meters and the first takeout-only cafe without seating inside. Designed by renowned Japanese studio Schemata Architects, the Blue Bottle Coffee Kanda Manseibashi Cafe is set under a 100-year old railway bridge (for the Chuo Line) made out of brick.
“Our design focused on how to integrate the cafe into this attractive existing environment with a long history,” explains the studio. “We removed the existing plasterboard finishes on the walls and ceiling and incorporated the exposed structure made of red bricks and concrete in the space.” The raw space is complemented by a white counter, placed as if being wrapped inside the solid structural frame.