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  7. Variable Wonderful Space - Underline Cafe / LYCS Architecture

Variable Wonderful Space - Underline Cafe / LYCS Architecture

  • 17:00 - 18 April, 2016
Variable Wonderful Space - Underline Cafe / LYCS Architecture
Variable Wonderful Space - Underline Cafe / LYCS Architecture, Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Design Team

    RUAN Hao, HE Yulou, JIN Cheng, FU Li
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Text description provided by the architects. Choosing a suitable office is the first challenge that many entrepreneurial firms may come up with. Usually a micro entrepreneurial firm needs flexible space to accommodate uncertain staff. On one hand, renting a large office space in one step will tremendously add the newly established firms’ financial burden; On the other hand, if the company rents a relatively small office space, it may turn out to be too crowed when the company grows. What’s worse, there may be no space for meeting room, reception room and some other programs. What exactly should the entrepreneurs do to find their office?

Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Underline is a multi-functional cafe which is designed and invested by LYCS Architecture. The project is located in the Eastern Software Park where lies in the center of Hangzhou. Although surrounded by highly-rent office buildings, there is no public space for communication or meeting in this area. To meet the companies’ needs of working, meeting and communicating, Underline could be changed immediately from a single-function cafe into a cafe + meeting room or cafe + office room through free combinations of its interior spaces.

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Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Instead of over-decorated design, the designers created a peaceful atmosphere for the cafe in a modern and concise way. The facade of the cafe is made of all-glass windows with chessboard-like black frames. The concrete walls above the facade are set with the LED logo of ‘underline’. The design is quite simple but ingeniously fits into the surrounding environment. 

In order to bring out a vivid effect, the designers decorated the large-scale black wall   with relaxing and humorous painting. 

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Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

The inner space is clean and tidy. Rows of Bookcases on the wall are made of wooden boards and metal sheets. Wooden tables with gray sofas are both comfortable and user-friendly.

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Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Elegant and different-height chairs in the middle of the dinning area bring lively elements into this friendly place. All the books on the shelves are put away backward. This setting brings orderliness to inner space, provides the customers surprises when they pick up one book as well.

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Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Within the entirely bright-colored space, the black bar counter appears very outstanding in stark contrast with the dinning space.

Exposed ceiling makes the cafe look higher, and also provides more possibility of the multi-functional configuration.

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Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Freely moving clapboards provide more possibilities for the space. With different combinations of clapboards, the whole big space is easily divided into four small spaces. At the same time, free combination of four small spaces also meet different functional requirements.

Floor Plan Type 1
Floor Plan Type 1
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Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Floor Plan Type 3
Floor Plan Type 3

Users can change the cafe into a classroom, an office room or a meeting roomin one minute. Besides of space division, the clapboards can also turn into tools for creativity. People can write and draw on the clapboards, or use them as blackboards for lessons or brainstorming.

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Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

In spite of common usage for office, Underline can house various activities with its freely changeable inner space. These activities include road shows, movie screening, banquet  commercial party,etc. Besides, more ways of its space usage are going to be found out by the users. Thus, in Underline, users can costomized design thier exculsive space in a relative lower cost.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Variable Wonderful Space - Underline Cafe / LYCS Architecture" 18 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/785642/variable-wonderful-space-underline-cafe-lycs-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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