Housed in a turn of the century brick railside warehouse in Kitchener, Smile Tiger approached us to provide architectural services to convert this industrial space into a roastery and cafe. To support their other locations in town (DVLB and the upcoming Blackwing Coffee in Galt) the roastery brings a micro manufacturing business back into a city which for the most part has moved away from its industrial roots. Great care was taken to expose and enhance the original, textured and storied building elements such as the brick walls, steel beams, wooden floors and sliding fire doors. New elements such as the factory sash style windows which enclose the roastery were carefully sourced, refinished an sized to provide a transparency between the public and process oriented spaces in the building. New glass and signage at the building front provide a revitalized, inviting facade to the street. New steel structures and patio space provide a buffer to the parking area as well as a fully accessible entrance and an amenity area for the other building users.
Interior design elements (furnishings, lighting, signage etc.) are by Andrea Utter of Buttercup Design.