“Art and Architecture: futuristic coffee shops or fictitious skyscrapers?” in ArchDaily


The process of making coffee begins by letting the ground coffee rest at room temperature for up to 24 hours. The liquid then drips slowly into a container at the bottom of the machine, which has no heating element. However, the interesting way in which this process is generated is given by the shape of the coffee machine.


Gothicism and Steampunk, as well as other Dutch Lab products, were inspired by a futuristic design of architectural models and structures, supporting a concept of science fiction. These one-meter high devides, similar in character to Gothic monuments, mix CNC laser cutting elements with a complex mechanism.


From the author, Dutch Lab is a coffee instrument that uses the cold drip method to make coffee. The star feature of this coffee tool is its perpendicularity in the ground which drops the liquid vertically with the help of the force of gravity. This is where the Dutch laboratory took action, and combined and related its vertical structure as an element of architectural design.


The machine’s structure, viewed from the top, is at an angle of 120 degrees, making its triangular platform stable. Compared to the 4-carrier designs, our just 3 design makes it easy to take out the tlask at the same time as the structure remains stabilized, which is crucial in Dutch coffee products. The triangular shape of the structure also maximizes its architectural beauty when aligning side by side. This frame of the coffee tool, with its structure, differs from all other existing coffee tools, which is easy to carry because of its flat packing system that can be disassembled into 6 pieces, ideal for storage and transport.


The models Gothicism and Steampunk, as well as other models from Dutch Lab were inspired by architectural structures. The most interesting part of this product is that they are not inspired by real buildings, but rather by imaginary and fictional ones. With the concept of science fiction, these machines were also inspired by the structure of the steam engine, which represents the ongoing development of the present era we live.


Its structure is madeof aluminum, so it never rust. It receives a jet painting treatment, which guarantees the durability and diversity in colors and shapes in this functional product.


Each unit was built in Korea from anodized aluminum components that were laser cut to accomodate bronze valves, borosilicate glass tubes, 150 gram tanks. Due to the work of this almost work of art, associated with manufacturing technology, these coffee makers cost between 4 and 7 billion euros.


If you would like to know more about the work of Dutch Lab, and its other models of coffee makers, such as Architectural, Modern or Movie, click here.



by Javiera Yavar

source: ArchDaily