Anyone who enjoys frequenting coffee shops will tell you that coffee isn’t only a drink, but also a culture: cafes are the medium of connecting with friends or a place of ritual to unwind in a busy day. For Mitchell Williamson, coffee isn’t just a morning habit, but a potential lifestyle. This architectural student developed a mobile coffee shop that allows for both life and work inside its walls. It was designed for someone to live in, and still be easily transported to markets, festivals and anywhere else that customers are most concentrated.
When the event starts, the barista simply opens up the cart by sliding the wooden panels open and the coffee shop is ready for business. Similarly, when the day ends, they can completely close up the cart and safely retreat to the comfort of their cozy room. Inspired by the Sliding House designed by dRMM Architects, Mitchell was stretched to think outside of the box regarding the sliding panels of the coffee cart. This house has an outer shell that covers the main structure of the house and is used as a shading device– the outer layer can slide up and down to wherever is needed. The coffee home is similar in that the sliding panels open up to make more space for customers during the day, and then slide back for a more compact home. The expandable design also makes it easier to transport and it can be moved as often as necessary.