This study aims to develop a design model for sustainability of cultural setting, including its tangible and intangible components. The study focuses on the interior environment of traditional Turkish coffeehouse interiors as a case. This study introduces the Turkish coffeehouse interior space as cultural heritage. It describes both the historic social importance of the coffeehouse as well as the physical characteristics of a typical coffeehouse and proposes to engage people in a design process to recreate the Turkish coffeehouse's interior space. From an interior architectural perspective, the study sets typical features of the coffeehouse and aims to discuss the dimensions to sustain this cultural setting in today's living conditions. © 2013 WIT Press.