OFFICIAL designed the newest location of Houndstooth Coffee at the Sylvan Thirty development south of downtown. We wanted to build on the success and design vocabulary of the existing locations yet create a unique identity for Sylvan Thirty. The new location includes a separate cocktail bar, Jettison (see next project). The design concept was driven by the dual functions of coffee bar and cocktail bar and their shared connection. We developed a concept of day to night with Houndstooth taking up the larger, more sunlit space and Jettison as a more intimate space for cocktails and conversation. They are connected by a corridor with sliding doors on either end that allow the spaces to operate independently or together. The owner wanted a 360 degree coffee experience so we created an island bar with a floating wood clad volume that we have been affectionately referring to as the cloud. The loftiness of the space with natural lighting creates a fresh openness and the cloud serves as a visual focal point to balance the space. The plan was developed around maximizing the interaction between the guest and the barista while emphasizing the coffee making process. The ceiling is folded up to direct guests to the barista while seating around the bar allows for interactions to continue throughout the visit. The finish materials are a combination of white oak, walnut, Spanish cedar, raw and painted steel, perforated steel and quartz. In keeping with the concept of day to night, the finishes are lighter in Houndstooth and darker in Jettison. We used gold accents throughout to tie the two spaces together. There are a variety of seating options from communal tables, tiered benches, counter seating and individual café tables both inside and out. The furniture is a combination of pieces from local and national designers including two Austin studios, Petrified Design and RAD Furniture (now headquarted in LA). We designed the small café tables and some of the lighting as well as all of the built-ins.
Photography by Robert Yu and Mark Leveno