Colicci Cafe, Westfield Stratford
The Colicci Coffee kiosk at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre embodies a climactic moment within a rapid yet steady success story of a 35-year-old brand. The kiosk has become a symbol of Colicci’s affinity for the organic, for texture, and for warmth.
This kiosk's undulant form blurs boundaries between architecture and public sculpture, providing customers with a spatial experience which is tactile, exuberant and unforgettable. With this project, we set out to create a mini-manifesto of sculptural form and material manipulation.
Its tour-de-force is a swelling copper roof, made using a combination of 18th century copper sheathing and computer-aided design. We developed a digital skin which reflected the eventual physical structure of the roof, we then divided its surface area into virtual tile segments – each translating into CNC-cut sheets which could be manually clad. The result was a bespoke jigsaw of 542 individual numbered copper pieces, assembled by hand with a pneumatic gun and 20,000 rivets to form the sculptural mass. Patinated finger-prints and hammer marks were left to showcase an earthy texture as viewers move closer to the structure.
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