Nemesis interior shot



North Vancouver, BC

After great success of their first location in downtown Vancouver, the founder of Nemesis coffee chose the waterfront city of North Vancouver for its second cafe.

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Anchored in the Polygon Gallery, built by Patkau Architects, the design of the second Nemesis space had to both meet the authentic brand values of the owner ‟Coffee Creating Culture”, while respecting the architectural identity already established by the host building.

Polygon art gallery exterior corner where Nemesis is locatedStreet view of Nemesis located at Polygon Art Gallery

A prominent feature of the 1500 sf rectangular space was the exposure to natural light offered by full-height North and West facing windows. This was maximized, and a natural cohesion created between the indoors and outdoors with all seating located along the exterior glazing to allow guests to experience both the outside daylight and movement of the street while also viewing the experience of the bakery and cafe.

Another key design consideration was to give equal prominence to both food manufacturing and coffee service. As such, half of the space was intentionally dedicated to food production, and the bakery area was enhanced by a glass partition that allowed guests to view production.

The millwork, beautifully realized by Tetherstone Construction Inc, highlights another unique value of the popular brand: a deep respect for music culture. Finally, added depth and dimension was achieved through a slanted slatted ceiling made up of various triangles.

A display food production area is incorporated into the coffee shop's main space through a glass partition
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