MaterialsOak Wood Finishing, Steel Tubes, MDF,timber floor, Grey Latex Painting, Cement Wall
Text description provided by the architects. The project is located in one industrial zone of Shenzhen, China; the former architectural space was in chaos and disorder when the Owner took it over after being ended with the run-down industrial workshop and warehouse. The operating team of the project hoped to turn the space into a complex that includes dining, coffee, musical activity and Tarot zones; further, the designing and construction would last two months only.
The estimated cost of the project is relatively low, in fact the project can be designed and constructed with very little difficulty. Therefore, optimization of materials and the processes will be the subject of focus throughout the entire project. As-cast finish concrete shall be utilized as the main material in view of its economy, convenient construction process, and duration. Construction of all spaces shall be implemented sequentially in an attractive tonal gradation when the unified material atmosphere is available. On this basis, the arc steel pipe customization shall be the important element in the space, and the column structure dividing the space shall be formed by the round pipes in bundles; and their integration shall also be the greatest highlight of this project.
The concept of environmental protection shall be integrated into the project with the upmost imperative due to the design and understanding of the material and the process; therefore, all materials can be recycled, the pollution to the site can be reduced and the duration of the project can be mitigated by using this method of customized installation. Besides, the energy-saving factor shall be considered fully in terms of application of light of the project, and the light effect which is warm and has rich levels shall fit positioning of the project well.
After embarking on the project, the design team started with the mysterious color that emanated from the thematic concept of the project and they expect to draw inspiration from buildings on a spiritual level. The design team checked and visited a large number of Gothic architectures, and felt a sense of power and connection with God in the tall and straight spatial structure. They then transplanted it in the project as a salute to traditional buildings in a contemporary form of structure.
Meanwhile, after deliberating the spiritual strength of the project and taking into account the fact that the site will be a consumption space, the design team decided not to design it entirely in accordance with a religious space. On the contrary, the design team selected many interesting contemporary art works to introduce a fashionable and relaxing environment to temper the space, and then accompanied it with multi-faceted lighting giving the space a graceful and interesting Yuppie look. The serious and facetious atmosphere of the space made the project one of the favorite spaces by contemporary artists on the block where the project is situated.
The circular-tube design evolved from Gothic architecture and is regrouped and alternated in the space, thus deducing Gothic drama. The climax of such drama is nothing more than a white floating cloud in the coffee house. Time seems stop at the moment when you sit under the cloud and smell the coffee.