Gabler Youngston / Lighting Design, Atlanta, GA CFD Structural Engineering, Atlanta, GA MEP, FP / Whitlock Engineering, Woodstock, GA
A new 1,000sf “pocket bar/cafe” for Octane Coffee in a former box-office space of the Woodruff Arts Center and High Museum of Art. The exceptionally narrow interior was further attenuated by adding mirrored ceilings to double the apparent height, and mirroring the back of alcoves to visually dissolve the interior walls, creating a deeply exterior spatial experience. Lighting and signage are combined in the form of suspended neon arcs, which when mirrored create large floating O’s (for Octane). In contrast to this airiness, booths and bench areas are rendered quiet, close, and comfortable, lined with plywood and neoprene-laminated felt. This noticeably intimate acoustic quality is an experiential extension of the symphony hall and theaters that are part of the Arts Center.