Elm Coffee Roasters

Olson Kundig used a green tile wall and surrounding windows to create a welcoming and open environment at Elm Coffee Roasters in Seattle.

  • area / size 560 sqft
  • Year 2018
  • Designed to emphasize the unpretentious service and handcrafted coffee for which Elm is known, the warm and bright café on the ground floor of 9th & Thomas is an inviting extension of Elm’s original café in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. This café and coffee retail space, located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, spills out into the building’s main lobby and offers a high degree of transparency to the street, inviting passersby to enter and helping establish the lobby as a central community hub. Handmade green tiles from Cerámica Suro in Mexico run along the back wall of the café and are framed by a white marble counter, creating a bright backdrop for Elm’s high-quality coffee and welcoming ambiance.

    Design: Olson Kundig
    Design Team: Kirsten R. Murray, Jeff Ocampo, Sasha Leon, Margaret Undine,
    Contractor: Sellen Construction
    : Rafael Soldi