Public Toilet Cafe Reuses Neglected Urban Space

Toilet CafeCreative reuse of overlooked and neglected urban environments is a growing trend in many European cities. Not everything has to be new; the custom of fixing and improving is the consequence of recession and frugal economy. The Attendant cafe in London is a great example of using an old, Victorian public toilet as a cafe. Continue reading

Indoor & Outdoor Cafe Helsinki

Cafe Birgitta

Indoor and outdoor spaces are blending interestingly together in a new cafe Birgitta at Helsinki seaside. The first thought is that it must be a pop-up restaurant for summer season only, since the location is quite exposed to open sea in front of Helsinki. So it seems impossible to have such an open structure as a permanent facility in this location.  Continue reading

Slow-Life Russian Cafe

Ziferblat cafe

Ziferblat Russian cafe. The entrance is not obvious, you need to buzz to get in and go to upstairs like going into an apartment. Feeling like entering a home; instantly intimate.

Ziferblat is a completely new Russian cafe concept, where you pay only by time used in a cafe. The rate is 3p a minute. The idea is to give people as much time they want to hang in a cafe without feeling a pressure to leave. Seems it is an instant hit in London. Continue reading