ID3A Designs State Street Cafe

Hartford, CT – ID3A, LLC has completed the renovation of the One State Street Café for The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) in its 24-story, multi-tenant office building in downtown Hartford. The project goals included a more functional kitchen, a visually appealing servery with better traffic flow to accommodate public traffic from the neighboring buildings and a modern and diverse dining area, all while maintaining sustainable and energy-efficient guidelines.

Servery / photos by Woodruff/Brown Architectural Photography

Dining Area

To create an open atmosphere, the design team employed the careful selection and use of color, texture, and light in combination with a new layout which relocated the kitchen and servery to gain access to perimeter windows, natural light, and dramatic views of the surrounding city.

As a premium location in a popular downtown facility, HSB was looking to create an environment that offered diverse uses as a primary focus. The new dining area, no longer used solely for lunch service, now provides various seating options for meetings and events, and the new Work Café provides comfortable “living room” huddle areas with easy access to monitors and charge stations to encourage group or individual collaboration.

Work Café

HSB coffee bar

The fourth-floor lobby sundry store was also renovated into a coffee bar to create an additional amenity to the building with extended service hours. Both the coffee bar and the new cafeteria were designed with similar materials, creating an aesthetic connection.

Together, the new cafeteria, dining area, and coffee bar were the first step in HSB’s effort to revitalize One State Street and strengthen their presence in downtown Hartford by offering a new and inspiring destination.

The project team included ID3A, LLC, architecture and interior design; Pavarini Construction, construction managers; BVH Integrated Services, MEP/FP engineers; Crabtree McGrath Associates, food service design; Atelier Ten, lighting design; and OFI, furniture rep.