St. Kilda Cafe

ARH Hospitality
Des Moines, IA
Completion date
May 2017

St. Kilda Cafe is a remodeled, rehabilitated historic space, located in downtown Des Moines.

The space was once used as the building's loading dock and deemed historically significant, thus requiring that the design maintain the historic character. Selective demolition of only two non-bearing walls occurred, leaving the remaining 3,200 SF space unaltered and existing materials exposed. The Australian-style cafe features spaces for a coffee bar, seating and support areas.   The cafe's interior is realized in black and white accents with an added warmth of white oak surfaces. Such finishes, enhanced by the warm glow of artificial light, blurs the line between existing and new to create an atmosphere that aligns well with the owner's delivered product - simple and light, highly-crafted meals.       

Cafe counter highlights warm herringbone wood planks and accent lighting.
St Kilda Cafe is located in downtown Des Moines.
The turn of the century building is balanced by clean wood tones that highlight exposed brick and existing wood beams
Intentionally minimal and well crafted seating elements allow for a variety of different settings
Simple set of warm wood tones balance the existing industrial warehouse.
Interior cafe showcasing different seating settings. European bar overlooks streetscape.