La Prima Espresso


Client: La Prima Espresso

Architecture Firm: DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design

Contractor: Avanti Design + Build

Engineers: Pedicone Engineering Consultants; WNA Engineering, Inc.

Photographer: Alexander Denmarsh/Denmarsh Studios

La Prima engaged our design team to create its new coffee house located in the AC Marriott in Downtown Pittsburgh. An existing structural column that supports the hotel presented a unique design challenge, as it is located in the customer space. Now clad with a dynamic array of wood slats radiating along the ceiling, the column evokes a coffee tree, creating a modern focal point that energizes the space and not only supports the hotel, but also those who use the café. The project sustains a legacy brand while updating and expanding the expression of that brand in a unique coffee house experience.