Text description provided by the architects. From design to completion, it took only a short period of two months for this less than 60 square meters’ Chimney Café, which open up in a light gesture in the courtyard of SPSI Art Museum. Passers-by from the sidewalk of Jinzhu Road could vaguely see the cafe and bamboo courtyard space through a semipermeable steel mesh wall.
A secret door opens in Art Museum’s iconic stainless steel mesh wall, but it does not obtrusive. From the material, detail to lighting, the café’s design seeks to coordinate with the overall surface of this Museum.
Although the courtyard space itself is very narrow, only five meters at its widest point, it still creates a rich and interesting spatial sequence. A dynamic arc wall guide people to the entrance through an interesting winding path; and then to find the other side of the arc wall is where to enjoy coffee. The patios decorated with bamboo are bright and vivid. Two patios in subtle angles to each other conform to stencil wall’s trend, leading guests to another relatively private coffee space.
Application of anodized aluminum expands the space sense of courtyard; the slightly blurred mirror effect gives people a hazy unreal visual experience, just as drinking a cup of good coffee.
The interior white walls create the most favorable conditions for small exhibitions and art salons. And lighting bands following the arc walls undoubtedly strengthened the sense of movement of the wall, so that the space is full of dynamic effect.
This small cafe effort to create a space of its own character and overcome all constraints at the same time: soft but no lack of tension, natural and full of fun.