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Intelligentsia Venice Renderings Revealed

By Joshua Lurie | February 17, 2009 11 comments
Intelligentsia Venice Renderings Revealed
1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
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Images thanks to MASS Architecture & Design

Two weeks ago, Food GPS featured photos of the Intelligentsia Venice construction site, but photos of rubble and wood frames didn’t exactly do justice to the cutting-edge coffeehouse. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea Director of Innovation Kyle Glanville remedied the situation by providing renderings from Ana Henton of MASS Architecture & Design. You should also know that Glanville said the opening date has shifted to the week of March 30 due to “structural issues.”

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In December, we discussed the coffeehouse’s custom-fabricated “pods,” but they were hard to visualize, until now. It’s impossible to tell due to the resized rendering, but the two baristas above are Glanville (forefront) and Ryan Willbur, who’s about to compete in the United States Barista Championship.
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“The pods have a hydraulic function where everything can lower or ascend,” said Glanville. “They also swivel. The inspiration is almost like a salon where individual stations will be manned by one barista. They customize the experience depending on how they like they work.” When you walk through the door, there are two pods on the right, two on the left. There’s also a center console that hosts Clover coffee makers, sinks, fridges and a freezer, which will allow Intelligentsia to store gelato and add affogato to their arsenal. Next to the pods, you should see a drink rail, two steel supports and a plank of wood. “That’s the closest thing we have to a countertop,” said Glanville, “and that’s where people will receive their drinks.”
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Comments

  1. Richard says:

    No Food??

  2. Evan says:

    Is there really no place to sit besides the “concrete landing”?

  3. WALT! says:

    Those are some funky minimalist counters. I guess the baristas will all have to wear pants now.

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  5. Jared says:

    Nice coverage, Joshua… Looking good.

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  8. Chris says:

    I swore I was done with LA forever when I moved away in 1994. Dang it, Intelli! My mom thanks you for the future repeat visits home!

  9. Sarah Dooley says:

    speachless!

  10. choisauce says:

    how exciting, can’t wait to check it out. way to build up the suspense though with all the “structural issues.” booooo

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