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Little Ground Cafe in Glendale

Californian Commercial Building Development in LA design by WORD, USA

Feb 2, 2018

Little Ground Cafe in Glendale, Los Angeles

Architecture: WORD (Warren Office for Research and Design)

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Little Ground Cafe

Little Ground Cafe

A study in texture, transparency and materiality, this corner walk-up cafe aims to inspire and enhance the area’s rare pedestrian culture. The main focus of the design is to create a calm, inviting public space that directly engages its frenetic urban setting.

Little Ground Cafe

Little Ground Cafe

The cafe is located in a district where thousands of workers drive into their fully serviced closed campuses for 8-12 hours a day and seldom leave, primarily due to the lack of outside options. The nearest residential neighborhood is a ten minute walk from this busy corner, which serves direct access to a major LA freeway. Pedestrian activity in the area is lacking, to say the least – but the desire is clearly present.

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Through a grandfathered zoning code which allows sidewalk counter service, the owners expanded the footprint of the enclosed structure, which houses the kitchen, food prep area, coffee service and restrooms for the new cafe. Through negotiations with the city, and an offer to also improve disabled access within the structure and at the sidewalk, the footprint of the patio was allowed to expand.

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Confronted with ubiquitous Angeleno issues that occur where the pedestrian realm meets highly trafficked corners, the design addresses needs for safety and protection from automobiles, noise, pollutants and litter. The combination of a cast-in-place wall with built-in seating and a patterned wood screen guards visitors from all of the above while also creating an intimate space with views diffused from within. With its semi-enclosed nature and sun shading qualities, the cafe becomes a place of respite while still connecting to the street.

Little Ground Cafe

Little Ground Cafe

The real joy in the project came from working with the patterning, texture and connections of the various wood slats, steel and concrete elements. Variability in the size, angle, color and spacing of the cedar screen draws attention from passersby [at all speeds], as well as offers differing degrees of shading and view mitigation. The concrete seating is contoured for comfort and follows an arc at the corner, allowing for seamless continuity and flow of materials.

Little Ground Cafe

Little Ground Cafe

The cafe’s service area has a full service kitchen with walk-in freezer and multiple cooking stations. This allows them to prepare pastries in-house throughout the day. They also prepare their own bread and make a wonderful lunch. You’ll love it here.

Little Ground Cafe

Little Ground Cafe

Winner of AIA California Design Award
Winner of AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Award
Winner of AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design People’s Choice Award
Interior Design Best of Year Awards Finalist, 2017, Hospitality-Counter Service

Little Ground Cafe

Little Ground Cafe, Glendale – Building Information

Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 1

Architecture and Design: WORD (Warren Office for Research and Design)

Little Ground Cafe

Photography: Chris Warren

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Location: Glendale, Los Angeles, Southern California, United States of America

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