A Nexus for Multicultural University Life

One World Café, Buffalo, NY

The University at Buffalo’s (UB) One World Café will be an international eatery that fosters a centralized nexus of multicultural university life. The project inherently promotes community and the celebration of diversity among UB students, staff and visitors. As a globally inspired, full-service dining center, the campus hub will honor UB’s commitment to delivering excellence to its diverse student population by housing a variety of culinary offerings with menus and scheduling all built on student input.

The café’s location on the intersection of UB’s Capen and Norton Halls capitalizes on a key campus thoroughfare, while group seating and settings encourage community interaction. The design sits in stark contrast from the existing context of the campus while still feeling at home by borrowing similar material units and proportioning. Its ability to fill gaps and slide past voids in this specific corner of the campus helps create a new front door on both the north and south as a hub of activity.