The project for a cafe library is set in Florence, in a building of historical significance, at Piazza Santissima Annunziata. I aimed to create a design, respectful to the spirit of the cty, and a contemporary venue for entertainment,relax and various social activities. A dynamic environment was crucial to be achieved, as for such a big space, it is easy to look too tranquil and empty. The view is one of the big advantages of the space, so my goal was to keep it intact, and as reachable as possible. Choice of fresh vivid colours was important, in order to create a unique, lively feeling to the whole cafe. The books are the focus of the interior, so they are present as much as possible as elements in the design.
As the geometry of the space is very open, some kinds of divisions were created, in order to ensure an element of privacy and intimacy.
Essential design points and objectives :
The division between the exterior and the interior part of the cafe is made out of glass,
and follows a changing line.
A special zone for single people working or sudying is created, with a desk available. It is
enclosed between two walls, which ensure more privacy.
The bar area has a separate ceiling, to divide it from the whole interior, and leave it as independent as possible.
A stage is created, where different events can be held, and can be seen from basically
everywhere in the cafe. Also, there is a wide TV there, to be used for different types of projections
A different level is set into the bottom part of the cafe. It creates a better view to the
outside, and to the stage as well. Using the higher level, an internal sofa area is created,
divided in a way from everything else. It can be used as a book club, or by bigger groups
of people together.
Interior design, planning and visualisation
Accademia Italiana Firenze
Public interior design
View of the study area
Initial sketches of the levels and elements of the interior.
Initial sketches of the elements.
Interior plan – top view
Side section towards the terrace
View of the bar zone
View from the bottom part of the space, showing the levelling
View towards the entrance and bar area, from the higher level
View from the study area, towards the bar and bookshelves