Honolulu Coffee Experience

Honolulu Coffee Experience

Wins BIA-Hawaii Overall Grand Award

WhiteSpace Architects transformed a dilapidated ‘80s icon, the old Hard Rock Cafe on Kalakaua, into Honolulu Coffee Company’s new flagship café and coffee experience, saving an old building in the heart of Ala Moana and creating a showcase of coffee from field to cup.

Honolulu Coffee Company wanted a bold break with tradition for their flagship center near the Hawaiian Convention Center. Tearing down the old Hard Rock Café building—a fondly remembered but tattered 80s icon—was never an option. There is no better way to practice sustainability than to reuse and repurpose an old building.

From the indoor space to the shaded lanai, visitors to Honolulu Coffee have the opportunity to learn about the coffee-making process, taste samples in the Cupping Lab, or savor the aroma of coffee beans from the huge vintage roaster located at the heart of the building.

For this project, we blended the more traditional, refined plantation style known in Honolulu Coffee’s many store locations with a hip, vintage industrial feel that would celebrate the gritty nature of a coffee roasting plant.

Patrons experience a bold fusion of local iconic architecture and repurposed building materials, showcased in an airy interior with a high vaulted ceiling, onsite coffee roaster, interactive displays showing how coffee gets from bean-to-table, and a pleasant shaded outdoor seating area.

We are proud and honored to have received the BIA-Hawaii Overall Grand Award for this project.