MAS Cafe

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M.A.S. Café was designed specifically for Flagler Village, a section of Fort Lauderdale that has come into its own over the last few years with a speed most were not expecting. Born in a group of old warehouses, this neighborhood has exploded with creatives from a number of fields, and M.A.S. Café was designed to reflect this area’s mindset. Glavovic Studio understood this attitude to be one that revels in upending convention in favor of reflecting more closely the way this particular group works and lives today. Flagler Village is all about arts and culture, its Art Walk regularly filling its streets full of people and entertainment. This way of thinking had to be reflected in the proposed building’s design.

Digging a little deeper, Glavovic’s team understood that the single most important element of this growth was not the giant mixed-use structures rising here, but rather the small businesses and artist studios that have proliferated with the area’s newfound popularity. Urban, funky and authentic are words that best describe these small businesses. Glavovic Studio understood this and the design of M.A.S. Café reflects these qualities, as the business it will hold is – like the rest of the Village -- anything but traditional. M.A.S. Café’s owners are bringing, for the first time, farmer-to-consumer Columbian coffee to Fort Lauderdale. Glavovic’s out-of-the-box design, a structure that would reflect back on the culturally transitioning village it celebrates, would be completely open on the front, weather permitting, its four shipping containers connected together and tilted at a 30° angle. The Café spills forth towards the street with outdoor seating platforms and a wide plaza with café tables beyond, encouraging it to be used as a community meeting space. At just 32’ across and 21’ at its highest point, Glavovic’s plan for M.A.S. Café is scaled not for the speeding automobile, but for the pedestrian. The design for M.A.S. Café reinforces the new, pedestrian nature that is fast coming into existence here with the proliferation of new housing, painting studios carved from garage spaces, as well as mural-covered retail and office buildings.

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