Asado Coffee, Pickwick Lane

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Located down a private alley in one of the Loop's smallest and oldest buildings, this space is only 275 sf.  The three-story building dates back to just after the Chicago Fire of 1871.  Over the years, it was built around, leaving it in the shadows and limiting views. 

The project scope was to incorporate a coffee shop interior build-out into this historical relic.  Due to neighboring base-building work, the interior became even smaller than previous users.  Limited to approximately 16’ x 18’, but with generous ceiling height of 17’, it created a unique spatial volume.

The existing exposed brick walls revealed remnants of aged character and a history through the building’s past, which needed preserved.  Concrete floors are complimented by a warm reclaimed oak wine barrel wall, covering a base-building stairwell.  Oak counter tops pay homage to the once meat chop house space.  Handmade concrete tiles are used on the counter base while irregularly spaced yellow cloth-wire pendants and linear shelving accent the volume.  The rough space is refined further with a Dutch espresso machine, industrial accordion wall lamps, various display areas, and the sounds of vinyl records over classic speakers.  The inviting space is welcoming again from Jackson Blvd.

Architect of Record

Benjamin Kennedy
Kennedy Architecture, LLC
4233 N. Spaulding Ave.
Suite 1
Chicago, Illinois 60618
Phone: 773.564.9995
Fax: 773.564.9995

General Contractor

Jeff Nosich
Linn-Mathes, Inc
309 South Green Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone: 312.454.0200
Fax: 312.454.6182

Consultant 1

Jack Ramm
Ramm Associates Inc.
9 E. First Street
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
Phone: 630.455.4000
Fax: 630.455.4004


Ben Kennedy
Amy Braswell

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