Spazio Caffè


The Spazio Caffè is a project for a singular dehor to test food and drinks created with coffee and to sell coffee machines and other products related to the coffee. It is located in the city center of Marsala in a very privileged site.


The area is pedestrian but at the same time the dehor is visible from the cars on the street.
The client asked Stardust* to create something new, never seen in Marsala and with an international architectural quality to attract the pedestrians, tourists with a cultural message and to define a very special international image of the company.
The main idea of the project is to use laminated wood sections to define the exterior shape and to solve all the different functions needed on the interior.
The sections are created using CAD CAM processes.
This sections solve the ambit of the existing bar, the exhibition area for products, the sitting area to test the food and drink, the area for the cash desk and dispensers of coffee and the new covered access to the archea Guest House and the house on the back.



The skin is created by two layers of wooden strips separated by 3 layers:
1. vapor brake
2. rook wool for insulation
3. breathable waterproof layer
The Spazio Caffè at the exterior remembers an animal shell. On the bottom part of the dehor are located some educational and information panels about the history of the coffee related to Marsala and Sicily.
The flexible photovoltaic modules face the south to generate energy for the Spazio Caffè and the B&B.

> About the Spazio Caffè, the EAC 2012 and the Hangars of Pier Luigi Nervi

Some time after we delivered the preliminary design of the Spazio Caffè, Enrico (the client) talking about the Ephemeral Arts Connection 2012 and the Spazio Caffè said ” the structure you designed looks like a tribute to Pier Luigi Nervi and his Hangars in Marsala”. We didn’t think on it, during the design process we didn’t use the Hangars Nervi as a conscious reference, but actually there is a strict relation between the two structures at least for four aspects:

1. the structural strategy of main cross sections and a secondary structure that follows the shape and close the system

2. the continuity (topology) of the structure (that is not  separated in vertical and horizontal elements)

3. the prefabrication of all the elements

4. the main structural section’s shape changes to solve the function (in the Hangars just the first section, in the Spazio Caffè all of them).

The main difference consists on the use of the digital tools and CAD CAM during the design process and realization. The CAD CAM allows us to make every single section unique and so to solve more functions  and to create a much more complex space.

Thanks Nervi for the inspiration! thanks Enrico for bringing us to this reflection…

PROJECT: Dehor in the city center of Marsala
CLIENT: Enrico Vinci
PROJECT TEAM*: Francesco Ducato, Carla Athayde, Danio Migliore
LOCATION: Marsala, Italy
TYPE: Architectural project and corporate image
BUDGET: Confidential STATUS: Preliminary Design delivered, May 2012