For Swing’s third location at 640 14th Street NW, CORE delivered a functional design that echoes the majestic Beaux-Arts building that surrounds it. As with the other Swing’s coffee bars in Foggy Bottom and Del Ray (Alexandria), this location reflects the neighborhood aesthetic. As customers enter Swing’s from the courtyard of the Metropolitan Square Building, the 25-foot coffee counter is the grand gesture in the space, punctuated with a gleaming pastry display and pour over and espresso stations. Reminiscent of a vintage soda shop or pharmacy worktop, the back bar coffee counter is a grand walnut display brightened with antique glass and brushed brass. It cleverly encases the taller equipment, dishwashing and coffee warmers while providing open and concealed storage. Hotel marquee lighting from the turn of the century inspired the back bar’s cornice. To highlight the points of interaction with baristas, CORE used black quartz with a brushed brass metal accent and glossy stone tile below. Guest seating areas include a bar height counter along the courtyard storefront and a banquette anchored between millwork displays. The window along 14th Street is visually open to give passersby a full view of the shop’s grand architecture and activity. The Swing’s brand has been in the DC metro area for 100 years and CORE’s design pays homage to their roots with an updated classic design.