Coffee Obsession

Falmouth, MA

The Town of Falmouth's                                                  2005 Sense of Place Award Winner

INTEGRATA was tasked with the challenge of transforming what was for decades the old Woods Hole Pharmacy into a new Coffee Obsession establishment.  The covered porch supported by stout square columns was inspired by the original design.  The intent was to establish visual connections and foster social community interaction and to intentionally blur the line between inside and outside.

The central location and racetrack layout for the service bar allowed us to conceal 3 major structural columns that would have otherwise disrupted the entire space.  Customer circulation is kept proximate to entry and exit doors while the service staff operates from within a small and highly efficient footprint which also provides them with visual access to all corners of the store.

The custom-designed and locally crafted mahogany bar with round porthole-like frosted glass panels illuminated from behind are meant to evoke images of Woods Hole's rich maritime history.

Much care was taken to reuse as much original material as possible such as the red cedar shingles that clad the exterior walls and the large fir beam which was removed as part of the building's structural upgrades and then re-milled and used in the construction of the wooden booth seating area at the southeastern corner.  In addition, local craftsmen were involved in almost every aspect of this renovation.