Sightglass Coffee

San Francisco

Sightglass is a living monument to coffee and collaborative craftsmanship.  It spans over 7,500 square feet of airy industrial space in San Francisco’s SOMA, and incorporates a café as well as a production coffee roaster.  Both functions are woven together in the space to support a concept of transparency that was critical to the owner’s vision for their venture.  The organization of the space puts the guest smack in the middle of the coffee production sequence and makes the gorgeous Probat roaster a primary center piece.

The subtle yet satisfying detailing and use of materials throughout the project is the result of designing for a truly collaborative and explorative construction process.  A collection of talented craftsmen contributed to the one-of-a-kind features of the space, from recreating the Japanese art of Shou-sugi-ban for a decorative burnt wood siding treatment to piecing together over 38 reclaimed steel joist hangers for a custom light fixture.

Location: San Francisco
Size: 7,500 sf
Completion: August 2011
Contractor: Kevin Smith
Photography: Bruce Damonte and Boor Bridges Architecture
Client Website: Sightglass Coffee

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