阿塔卡马沙漠(Atacama Desert)，西班牙语作Desierto de Atacama，是南美洲西海岸中部的沙漠地区，在安第斯山脉和太平洋之间南北绵延约1000千米，总面积约为18.13万平方千米，主体位于智利境内。
The Atacama Desert(Spanish: Desierto de Atacama) is a desert area in the middle of the west coast of South America. It covers about 1000 kilometers strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes Mountains, occupies 181300 square kilometers. The main body is located in Chile.
Lie between the ocean and the mountain, the combined effects of atmosphere, ocean currents and topographical factors make Atacama one of the oldest and driest desert regions in the world and the annual precipitation is less than 0.1mm, which is known as the “dry pole” of the world.
Due to the lack of rain, the locals took inspiration from the plants in the area and invented a method of catching fog with nets. They started a fog catching experiment in a small coastal village in central Chile.
When the fog goes through the net, the mesh catches the droplets, and gravity pulls the water down through a water pipe running under the net, to a water storage. This way, local people get access to this source of life.
The process is very similar to making a cup of pour over coffee. Purified hot water goes through ground coffee and a paper filter to end up being a fine coffee with a smooth taste.
The method of catching fog has spiritual resonance with coffee extraction in certain dimensions. Water is the source of life for the survival of locals living in Atacama Desert and a cup of good coffee is an indispensable part of contemporary young people’s lives as well.
Water harvesting net used in the interior. Walls are decorated with panels made of natural recycled wood and mesh, referring to the structure of water harvesting nets. The play of textures and natural materials gives the space calm and charming ambiance.
Creating a harmonious relationship between each other is the focus in the early design. The lay-out of the coffee shop accommodates all the subtle interactions between baristas, baristas and guests, and between guests in many different ways.
Modern young people show freedom and openness in their lives and the genuine communication and interaction between each other give the space a long-term vitality, creating and maintaining intimacy.
Desert is the extremely barren land in general sense. However, life there exist in a rarer form that make the purity of nature and the magnificence of the universe much clearer. Under Atacama’s seemingly desolate appearance, there is a hidden pursuit of the origin of life.
Atacama被简化为一个设计字母“a”。a是字母表上的第一个字母，意味着新生，一切的开端。a也是adventure, 是沙漠里的探险，是into the wild 走向未知的旅途。a还是”ah”, 是对生命的惊奇与喜悦，是永远向往最真和最初。
Atacama is simplified to a design letter “a”. “a” is the first letter in the alphabet, meaning the very beginning of life. “a” is adventure, an adventure into the desert, into the wild and into the unknown. “a” means “ah” as well, the surprise and joy of life, always longing to be the truest and the original.
Start with a simple and refreshing cup of coffee, create a free, open and inclusive space for the urban youth who love life and are eager to share, explore, dare cross the boundaries and engage in various and fascinating ways modern live has to offer.
项目委托方：Atacama Coffee & Friends
完成时间：08.2021 | 2021年8月
项目设计方：外物 WHY WOULD 设计事务所
撰文： 汤璇 / 帅晗
摄影： 汤璇 （除标注外）
配合单位：西顿 | 欧哲 | 百色熊 |磊富