Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island

Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island

Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography, Shelving, CountertopToday is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography, Living Room, WindowsToday is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography, Lighting, Facade, Arch, Column, ArcadeToday is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography, KitchenToday is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - More Images+ 13

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  30
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Photographs
    Photographs :f.o.v_, lizeatery, dypiem
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Pure Paper Laminates, 丰亚陶瓷有限公司
  • Lead Architects : Chi, Etain
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Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography, Windows, Facade, Arch
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Text description provided by the architects. The clients were a group of individuals who have studied and worked separately in Australia and have subsequently moved back to their hometown Hong Kong where they eventually met due to a shared passion for coffee. One of them has become a well-accomplished barista and another has become a successful public-relation manager. The cafe is a place to house their fond memories of Australia and the good coffee that makes their life, which they would very much like to share with local residents and to make the cafe into a social hub.

Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography, Lighting, Facade, Arch, Column, Arcade
© lizeatery
Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography, Kitchen
© f.o.v_

They named the Cafe as “Today Is Long” (TIL)  and the design was inspired by the golden sunset of Australia. Warm red-orange became the theme colour which also took reference from the sandstone monolith - Uluru in the Red Centre of Northern Australia. The texture of the baked earthy sandstone is also represented by the fired ceramic tiles anchored at the lower part of the facade.

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Layout Plan

The hemisphere of the setting sun has been applied in various ways on the facade. This helped form a facade with a strong geometrical language which distinguishes the cafe from its surroundings of old buildings. It allows the cafe to stand out and be noticed. One of the hemispheres became the welcome arch at the entrance which formed a short tunnel to transport customers from the hustle and bustle in Sai Ying Pun to the quiet and comfortable interior. Another formed a recessed wall pattern for the take-away counter. The third hemisphere was rotated sideways and formed the largest window to bring in as much natural light as possible. Apart from the facade, there was one full final circle in the interior which formed as the backdrop for the seating area.

Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography, Living Room, Windows
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Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography
© lizeatery

Australia has always been blessed with abundant amounts of sunlight, thus a lot of white colour has been used together with the large windows to enhance the bright and airy atmosphere. And spaces have been reserved under the entrance arch, seating area and the overhead storage for plantings in order to create a green, lush and natural environment. Coffee grain used in the cafe will also be recycled as fertilisers for the plantings.

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Sai Ying Pun, given its proximity to the University of Hong Kong, has been famous for its mix of locals and foreigners in recent years. And the idea of the cafe is a social hub is expressed by the seating arrangement - bench seating has been fitted in one triangular corner of the shop with the two rows facing each other. With the benches and the coffee counter arranged along the periphery of the cafe and with a focal point in the centre, the arrangement shall enhance interaction and create a sense of community. A thin bar table has also been designed on the facade for customers, especially dog-owners, to enjoy their coffee outdoors and to look into the cafe at the same time.

Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island - Interior Photography, Windows, Facade
© dypiem

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Address:Hong Kong (SAR)

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Cite: "Today is Long Cafe / Absence from Island" 22 Mar 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/957014/today-is-long-absence-from-island> ISSN 0719-8884

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今日悠长咖啡店 / Absence from Island

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