A Horse Stall Inspired Café in Ras Al Khaimah

BONE Studio

Hoof Cafe: A reinterpreted coffee shop inspired by countryside equine architecture.

where the physical discrepancies between noble, interior, and exterior materials, as well as utilitarian and natural finishes, play an integral role in defining a sensorial architecture.

The clients, three friends who share a devotion to horses and showjumping and ultimately an admiration for specialty coffee, defined the narrative for Hoof.

Its minimal design and proportions suffice to provide the horse with bare necessities, no more, no less. while attempting to recreate in an abstract way the ritual of a horse caretaker through a stable.

The coffee bar is defined as a self-sufficient, deconstructed series of monolithic stainless steel blocks that, through their fragmentation, allowing for an enhanced appreciation of each different coffee-making process.

Perpendicular banquettes finished in lime facing either side of the bar, confirm the focal point of the space, and ensure a flawless spatial dynamic.

The bar sinks are positioned to serve both the barista and the customers, emulating the deep construction of horse water troughs.

The hand-brushed stainless steel finish of the bar gestures to the walls and ceiling washed in the rustic clay straw plaster by Clayworks, who specialize in breathable, healthy and sustainable clay plasters.

The two flooring finishes installed are exterior use materials, the resin-bound sand, and the terracotta semi-exposed aggregate concrete.

Fluted glass wall lights by. PSLab add another layer of texture to the clay walls as the recessed adjustable spotlights by Flos define the right tonality of the desired diffused, romantic atmosphere.

Immersing one in an environment that through its subtle spatial planning, minimalistic architecture, earthy materiality, detailed construct techniques, and mechanisms, will make one feel familiar yet intrigued by the implicit yet bold reinterpretation of a horse stable, broken down to its bare purpose, and raw evocations.

Project info:

Location: Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Typology: Commercial
Usage: Café
Area: 115 sqm
Completion Date: October 2019
Contractor: Fusion
Bar Fabricator: Steelux

About the Designer: Bone Studio

Bone is a nomadic studio, blurring the threshold between form and function. The team starts by rejecting all conventional design stereotypes, freely exploring, yet methodically studying every theoretical and tangible aspect of design.
The approach breaks away from the expected and perceived function, as Bone designs novel spaces that can functionally and aesthetically serve different functions – reinterpreting the way common spaces are defined.

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