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Selah Coffee Shelter in Cordoba

4 August 2023

Design: MAD Arquitectura Conceptual

Location: Montevideo 76, Nueva Córdoba neighborhood, Córdoba, Argentina.

Selah Coffee

Photos by Arch Gonzalo Viramonte

Selah Coffee Shelter, Argentina


Selah Coffee Refuge, a project that materializes the ideal fusion of architecture, design, and concept.

A space designed with the premise of connecting with the essential through the senses. A café inspired by tranquility, the specialness of silence, where specialty coffee enthusiasts find a sort of refuge to enjoy a unique gastronomic proposal.

Selah Coffee by MAD Arquitectura Conceptual

The architecture project and brand design were born from the same concept: to create an exclusive café with a different proposal, where one can immerse oneself in a unique atmosphere. The objective was achieved by working together in a synergistic manner, so that the branding complemented the architectural proposal, and at the same time considered different brand spaces: necessary touchpoints to make Selah a memorable brand.

Selah Coffee

At the beginning, we found a brand-new commercial space. We chose it specifically for its elongated spatial qualities and significant internal height. These characteristics reminded us of the central nave of a cathedral.

Selah Coffee

The facade, with a heritage character, had been restored and preserved intact by the developers of the apartment project carried out in the back. There were no remains of the old construction, making it the perfect shell for a project of these characteristics.

Selah Coffee

Initially, we developed the functional layout. A small take-away area was designed near the entrance, which would function as a reception area. In the background, an elongated salon with a false “barrel vault” was placed, culminating in a scenic library area. Additionally, in the background, a picturesque outdoor space completely disorients visitors.

Selah Coffee Cordoba

Interior lighting was one of the major challenges, as the space had no openings to provide natural light. Therefore, we decided to simulate various types of windows facing the exterior. Two main elements take center stage here: stained glass windows, which narrate the coffee-making process in a sort of “Via Crucis” fashion, and skylights that, with backlighting, give the sensation of bordering an outdoor space. This significantly amplifies the spatial perception and eliminates the feeling of confinement and claustrophobia in the narrow space.

Selah Coffee Cordoba, Argentina

Selah Coffee Shelter in Cordoba, Argentina – Building Information

Project Name: Selah Coffee Shelter
Architecture Office: MAD Arquitectura Conceptual
Contact email: [email protected]
Office Country: Argentina

Selah Coffee Cordoba, Argentina

Construction completion year: 2023
Constructed area: 112m2
Location: Montevideo 76, Nueva Córdoba neighborhood, Córdoba, Argentina.

Photography Credits: Arch. Gonzalo Viramonte
Website Photographer:
Photographer E-mail: [email protected]
Video Credits: Arch. Gonzalo Viramonte

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Location: Montevideo 76, Nueva Córdoba neighborhood Córdoba, Argentina, South America

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