Excerpt: Cosmos Café, designed by Studio PATH, create unassuming architecture and a comfortable atmosphere with natural materials to enjoy coffee as a lively addition to the neighborhood community. Utilizing full-height windows and a wall-to-ceiling glass façade allows shade and shadow play from the existing Flame tree to create an atmosphere of nature inside the café.
[Text as submitted by architect] Cosmos café is situated in Sukhumvit 23, among neighboring buildings, trees, and electrical wires inherent to Bangkok. We have created an architecture intended to blend seamlessly into the surrounding context, creating tertiary spaces between interior or exterior spaces or integrating with the local community. Located at the entrance of a small family-operated group of restaurants right off the footpath, the café is designed to welcome pedestrians and street life into this small dining hub consisting of Cosmos, a Thai restaurant Oranuch and a Japanese Izakaya Kosumosu.
Utilizing full-height windows and a wall-to-ceiling glass façade allows shade and shadow play from the existing Flame tree (Delonix Regia) to create an atmosphere of nature inside the café while giving an expansive feeling and synthesis with the surrounding area. The collage-like aspect of Bangkok, a ‘managed’ informality or chaotic nature of Bangkok’s infamous electric wires, is re-interpreted in the metal rod railings enclosing the rooftop, which acts as the main seating area for the café, intentionally playing ‘hide-and-seek’ with what one might consider a nuance of the surrounding urban fabric. The roof is shaded by the expansive Flame tree that acts as a shelter, enveloping the main communal space.
Inside, a combination of natural materials blends the space with nature and this leafy neighborhood’s street life. We utilized a large rammed earth wall as the main structure and background for the long travertine coffee counter that serves the entire length of the café. This counter design is intended to be used both as a coffee prep area and the main circulation towards the seating upwards at the rooftop. This playful transition activates the interior space. We aim to create unassuming architecture and a comfortable atmosphere with natural materials for guests to enjoy coffee in our space as a lively addition to the neighborhood community.