Architecture & Interior Design

La Prima Espresso AC Marriott

La Prima engaged DLA+ to design its new coffee house located in the AC Marriott at the edge of Downtown Pittsburgh and the Strip District. Custom built-ins provide a variety of seating options and merchandise display for customers. An existing structural column is clad with a dynamic array of wood slats which radiate along the ceiling to form a canopy over the customer area, creating a design focal point in the store. The shop’s overall ambiance is enhanced by a multitude of lights suspended at varying heights. DLA+ worked closely with the proprietor to incorporate the coffee house brand into the interior architecture and finishes.

Project Team


​Nick Doichev, AIA
VP Architectural Design / Corporate Commercial Practice Leader & Principal

Interesting Info

The design team named the structural column with the wood slats and canopy “the Coffee Tree” given the resemblance to a tree.
La Prima Espresso
Avanti Design + Build
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
May 2019
Project Size
1,500 SF