Community coffee

26 : 10 : 2015 DAY Cafe : Community : Schemata Architects

Shizuoka, Japan – Architects Schemata has shown the value of people power by inviting local residents to help build its new cafe, Day.

  • Schemata has created a community centre made by the people for the people
  • The hand-made cafe enabled people from all backgrounds to contribute in a series of open workshops
Cafe/Day by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects, Japan. Photography by Kenta Hasegawa Cafe/Day by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects, Japan. Photography by Kenta Hasegawa
Cafe/Day by Schemata Architects, Japan. Photography by Kenta Hasegawa Cafe/Day by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects, Japan. Photography by Kenta Hasegawa
Cafe/Day by Schemata Architects, Japan. Photography by Kenta Hasegawa Cafe/Day by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects, Japan. Photography by Kenta Hasegawa
Cafe/Day by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects, Japan. Photography by Kenta Hasegawa Cafe/Day by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects, Japan. Photography by Kenta Hasegawa

Members of the public were invited to attend a series of workshops in which they were taught how to make chairs, lamp shades and bookshelves from upcycled materials under the instruction of designers.

Now up and running, the community café counts these same volunteers as customers, who experience the fruit of their hard work every day and have learned an invaluable skill in the process.

‘We designed a cafe that allows for everybody’s involvement in the making process, so that the cafe will be loved as their own place, and the place will continue to change and grow while embracing all visitors,’ says architect Jo Nagasaka. 

The Big Picture

Initiatives such as Day and Manchester pub The Pilcrow are earning consumer loyalty by putting Whole-system Thinking into practice.

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