© ORA / Photography: Eric Staudenmaier

Proudly flaunting the colours of its community’s flag, the LGBT Center in Los Angeles now boasts a fitting meeting place where the venue’s residents, staff members and neighbourhood dwellers can sit back and relax over a coffee and bites. Aptly called Liberation Coffee House, it occupies a prominent location on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North McCadden Place, on the ground floor of a building which also forms an integral part of the Anita May Rosenstein Campus site. The café occupies a 1,600 sq.ft. (approx. 159 sqm.) ground floor unit of a striking concrete and glass structure, designed by architecture practices Leong Leong and KFA, and which opened last year. As said, the interior design takes cues from the pride banner, and it does so in an unapologetic way. Los Angeles-based design practice ORA, responsible for the design, has captured its vibrant colours by way of a series of overlapping shear fabric panels which shield the harsh sun light and create a gradient of colour reminiscent of our California’s spectacular sunsets. Curved walls, created through panelling, and a matching sculpted ceiling, frame an open space in which a service counter clad in a red and white grid is the sole fixture. A variety of seating arrangements surround the service counter, and one section even doubles as a gallery space. The menu at Liberation Coffee House lists various coffee options using Verve Coffee beans, but tea is just as plentiful, in addition to sandwiches, salads and hot bites.

Liberation Coffee House
6725 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Telephone: +1 323 9938954
Mon-Fri 7.30-2.30

© ORA / Photography: Eric Staudenmaier