tokyo: blue bottle café opening

© schemata / photography: takumi ota

few nations are as coffee-obsessed as japan, and offerings even come in a variety unknown in countries traditionally linked to consumption of the black liquid. blue bottle coffee is an oakland-based coffee roaster which first entered the japanese market early last year, establishing a roastery annex café in the east of tokyo. since then, it has steadily expanded its retail operations to prime locations across the japanese capital, and only recently added a new café in the roppongi area. blue bottle coffee has a cult status stateside, and is not only successfully carving a niche for itself this side of the pacific through its products, but also by way of sleekly designed cafés.

the new outpost in roppongi, situated on the ground floor tri-seven roppongi, a new mid-rise structure, is a renewed collab with local architecture practice schemata. boasting a similar understated aesthetic as previous establishments, furnishings are made of basswood plywood, covering most of the walls, and these predominantly comprise of a regular repetition of cabinets with doors. meanwhile strict regularity is moderated by inserting irregular grids of frames that encase several doors. right behind the glass façade seating arrangements are situated, backed up by a communal table with stools at the far end of the café. location: tri-seven roppongi building, 7-7-7 roppongi [roppongi].

© schemata / photography: takumi ota