Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA

Nestled in a prime spot in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Elm Coffee was designed with a bright, minimalist interior to be the go-to spot for both neighborhood residents and people who work in the area looking for a good location for a break or to accommodate a low-key, creative meeting. Another important element of the design was incorporating enough space to display the in-house roasted coffee, as well as the roasting process itself. Patrons are able to remain comfortable while witnessing the custom roasting process happening behind a large wall of windows — separating the two spaces, but allowing them to enjoy the connection to the brews they enjoy.

To complement and achieve this socially inspiring environment, a bar-like seating area was designed to encourage interaction. Varying textures of wood, marble, and brick along with the neutral palette and exposed beams harken to the Pioneer Square aesthetic bustling just outside. They’re small touches that pay homage to the neighborhood while also creating respite for those who’ve ducked inside to refocus. Each element, from the inclusion in the process, to the warm, open plan work to create a clean space that has clearly set Elm apart as a destination coffee shop, and made it a staple among the community.

PROJECT Elm Coffee - New Cafe and Roastery Tenant Improvements (TI)