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  6. In and Between Boxes: Atelier Peter Fong / LUKSTUDIO

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In and Between Boxes: Atelier Peter Fong / LUKSTUDIO

  • 02:00 - 1 December, 2016
In and Between Boxes: Atelier Peter Fong / LUKSTUDIO
In and Between Boxes: Atelier Peter Fong / LUKSTUDIO, © Dirk Weiblen
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  • Architects

  • Location

    No. 42 Huakang Street, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China
  • Design Team

    Christina Luk, Alba Beroiz Blazquez, Ray Ou, Jin Hong Cai, Shanyun Huang
  • Area

    250.0 m2
  • Photographs

© Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen

Text description provided by the architects. Located in a residential neighborhood next to the Tianhe district in central Guangzhou, Atelier Peter Fong by Lukstudio revives an empty corner lot into both an office and a cafe. Through a series of clean white volumes, the design purifies the existing chaotic site to create a calm yet inviting atmosphere. 

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© Dirk Weiblen
Elevation
Elevation
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© Dirk Weiblen

From the outside, a floating aluminum canopy connects the volumes together, while delineating between the old and the new. Three boxes stick out from the interior, composing a coherent façade while creating areas in-between like urban alleys that draw people in from the street. Each box contains a distinct program; café, brainstorming area, meeting room and a break-out lounge. In contrast to the pristine forms, the voids are painted gray and left with the original structural ceiling.

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© Dirk Weiblen
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© Dirk Weiblen

Following a process of meticulous spatial carving, openings and niches are shaped within the volumes. Large cut-outs connect the café to the exterior and frame the surrounding greenery. On the inside, white ceiling pockets and wooden niches create a sense of intimacy. The office entry is also carved at its edge to feature a peaceful Zen garden, which becomes a focal point and visually connects the different parts of the office together. 

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© Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen

The selection of materials further enhances the pure definition of the spaces. Smooth surfaces such as white walls and terrazzo flooring dominate the main space, serving as a canvas to capture light and shadow. The brainstorming box is lined with polycarbonate panels that form a subtle visual connection between the café and the workplace.  Intimate areas are characterized by organic elements; such as continuous timber panels in the brainstorming zone and remnants of an existing brick wall in the lounge.

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© Dirk Weiblen
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© Dirk Weiblen

Combining artisanal café culture with a collaborative co-working space, Atelier Peter Fong adapts a contemporary social model to a local Chinese neighborhood. The complete transformation of a forgotten site into a destination demonstrates how architectural interventions can activate the streetscape and enhance nearby communities.

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Plan
Plan
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© Dirk Weiblen
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "In and Between Boxes: Atelier Peter Fong / LUKSTUDIO" 01 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/800167/in-and-between-boxes-atelier-peter-fong-lukstudio/> ISSN 0719-8884
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盒里盒外:Atelier Peter Fong / Lukstudio芝作室