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.
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.
To improve circulation in the space, the existing wall between the gallery and Nemesis coffee was replaced with a new glass partition. This made the space more fluid, and created a direct link between the two occupants.