Today Café / Yue-Design Space Design Studio

Today Café / Yue-Design Space Design Studio

birds-eye view. Image © Xiaofang Minmain entrance. Image © Xiaofang Minshop window. Image © Xiaofang Minsun room. Image © Xiaofang Min+ 15

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  63
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Photographs Photographs:  Xiaofang Min
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 意诺, 河南建筑装饰材料厂, 闽钰木丝
  • Leader Designers:Chen Chang, Yuanyuan Wu
  • Garden Design:Luancang Florist
  • City:Nanjing
  • Country:China
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main entrance. Image © Xiaofang Min
main entrance. Image © Xiaofang Min

Text description provided by the architects. The project is located in the former Nanjing light industrial machinery factory which built in accordance with the remains of Ming Dynasty city wall, It adjacent to the Zhongshan Gate. In recent years, it has been transformed into an office park- Zhongshan Park. The café used to be an electrician house for this factory. According to the existing condition and the need of the client, we made three operations.

birds-eye view. Image © Xiaofang Min
birds-eye view. Image © Xiaofang Min

Repair the old house
The house with brick structure had fallen into disrepair. The first step is strengthening the structure, forming a stable internal steel frame. The interior walls are wrapped with white wood-wool boards uniformly, which can also solve the problems like wall cracks, thermal insulation and sound absorption. The client Lao Li is simple but humor, just like this old house, only a slight change can make it interesting while without losing its identity.

birds-eye view. Image © Xiaofang Min
birds-eye view. Image © Xiaofang Min
garden. Image © Xiaofang Min
garden. Image © Xiaofang Min

Build a sun room
If the original electrician house is a little bit temporary, the sun room is more like an informal structure, which combines the transparent and entity. We use the steel structure and continuous glass roof to connect the old and new space more closely. The beam columns are made of H-section steel, presenting a pure structure. At the same time, the wooden window frames balance the cold feeling of the steel. Using a free layout, the interior space emphasizes the transparency of the glass house. To match the natural scenery, we use wood, cotton, rice paper, rattan and other natural texture furniture and furnishings. With the moving shadow in the day and night, it expresses the intergrowth between people and space.

sun room. Image © Xiaofang Min
sun room. Image © Xiaofang Min
sun room. Image © Xiaofang Min
sun room. Image © Xiaofang Min

Establish a garden
"Xing" means the temperament and interest. At the beginning of the garden design, the construction drawings were not definite. Cement tilesare introduced as a metaphor of the city wall tiles. We place tiles or stepping stones optionally. We will not control the drawings accurately in its first stage, but keeping the flexible control of the process. It’s a kind of entire process design working method we are repeating these years.

combination of the old and the new. Image © Xiaofang Min
combination of the old and the new. Image © Xiaofang Min
nature scene. Image © Xiaofang Min
nature scene. Image © Xiaofang Min

The project state comes from the atmosphere of its site and the character of the client. The site is the past while the owner is the real future. We've been trying to think about the desire for self-expression in each design, focusing more on its past and future. Now, you're drinking a Latte from Lao Li in the corner of the park and at the foot of the Ming Dynasty city wall.

sun room. Image © Xiaofang Min
sun room. Image © Xiaofang Min

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Project location

Address:Building F, Zhongshan Park, Nanjing, China

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Cite: "Today Café / Yue-Design Space Design Studio" 27 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/946325/today-cafe-yue-design-space-design-studio> ISSN 0719-8884
garden path. Image © Xiaofang Min

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