aiming towards a fresh, up-to-date image, architect simon barazin has redesigned the ‘barzilay’ cafe, located in tel aviv, israel. the construction works for the city’s light rail prompted the owners to renew the coffee shop, which has been operating in the area for over 20 years. 

cafe barzilay 1

all images by ido adan



the cafe that has been refurbished by simon barazin, consists of a primary space, a kitchen, and a coffee roasting area. the design concept was to connect the roasting room with the main dining space, merging the cafe’s two main programs. this allowed visitors to take part in some of the magic behind the scenes, as the scent of freshly roasted beans fills the space.

cafe barzilay 2



every piece of furniture was designed by the studio and made to order. at the central area stands a 6-meter-long stainless steel counter that serves as the primary surface for display, sales, and interaction. glass surfaces were glazed with a layer of dichroic film, varying in color and gradient according to the angle of view and light. the changing color alongside the modular plywood seating system creates a varied atmosphere throughout the day. the materials and geometric forms sharpen the visitors’ experience while producing a new architectural language for the cafe. 

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project info:

name: cafe barzilay
designer: simon barazin
location: tel aviv
area: 70 sqm



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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom