Size: 15,350 square feet
Status: Completed 2012
Program: Sustainably-designed coffee house including kitchen, bakery, cafe, and extensive outdoor seating.
Colectivo Coffee, Bayview
Formerly Alterra Coffee Roasters. Colectivo Bayview is the newest outlet for Colectivo Coffee in Milwaukee, expanding their reach to the city’s south side. The site is a prominent gateway for the Bayview neighborhood, located on a busy 5-way intersection crossed with bus routes, bike routes, and pedestrian traffic.
The building takes advantage of its strategic location by reinforcing the connections created by these overlapping paths. It has multiple faces, each oriented to a different axis or view corridor. Outdoor spaces are given the same attention as indoor spaces, creating a series of niches and gathering places that can adapt to suit a variety of moods, seasons, and group configurations. Large areas of the building can be opened up completely in warmer months, further blurring the boundary between outside and in.
In addition to retail operations, the new Colectivo also houses the company’s baking and food production headquarters. Formerly closeted away in windowless kitchens, Colectivo’s bakers now work in an expansive daylight-filled space, accessible to the coffee shop through large unglassed windows that allow patrons to look in on the theater of their work.
The building was designed and constructed with an eye toward recycling, reuse, and environmental awareness. Landscaping incorporates multiple cisterns for rainwater collection, including a long, multi-leveled trough that doubles as a duck-run (complete with rubber ducks) in summer. Building materials from the site’s former occupant, a staid red-brick bank building, were recycled extensively and incorporated into the new building when possible.