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Cafes and Bars in China: Examining the Spatial Routine of Drinking

Both tea and alcohol in traditional China were similarly aestheticized, and both influenced the language of literature and art. People used to exchange alcohol as a gift in a way that they later would with tea. Today, more and more cities in China have embraced this drinking culture that passed down from generation to generation, and reinterpreted with a new contemporary fashion, which is constantly evolving in the urban cafes and bars.

CREAMCHIC / LABOTORY

© Yongjoon Choi© Yongjoon Choi© Yongjoon Choi© Yongjoon Choi+ 20

  • Architects: LABOTORY
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  107
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021

Lattice Book House / Scenic Architecture Office

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  350
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 上海东复建筑幕墙工程, 上海圣柳建筑装饰, 宏宇竹业科技

Vilnius, the Capital of Lithuania, Opens its Public Spaces for Cafes, to Help with Physical Distancing

The Lithuanian capital Vilnius has decided to allocate its public spaces to bars and cafes, to encourage the reopening of restaurants under required physical distancing measures. Turning the outdoor space into one vast open-air café, the city is taking new safety measures to step into the next phase of the lockdown.

The Immersive Theatre / Lukstudio

© Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen

© Dirk Weiblen© Dirk Weiblen© Dirk Weiblen© Dirk Weiblen+ 25

Haining, China

Café Parallel / TEMP

© Weiqi Jin© Weiqi Jin© Weiqi Jin© Weiqi Jin+ 18

  • Architects: TEMP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  40
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Return Café / Atelier FANZHENG

Night View. Image Courtesy of Atelier FANZHENG
Night View. Image Courtesy of Atelier FANZHENG

Entrance. Image Courtesy of Atelier FANZHENGRound Glass Curtain Wall. Image Courtesy of Atelier FANZHENGWater Pool. Image Courtesy of Atelier FANZHENGMezzanine. Image Courtesy of Atelier FANZHENG+ 26

Xiamen, China
  • Architects: Atelier FANZHENG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  120
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 朗生生态, 锦盛石业

RUMORS / Narmal

The freehand roof. Image © Dongrui Xie
The freehand roof. Image © Dongrui Xie

Outdoor. Image © Dongrui XieRUMORS new bund store. Image © Dongrui XieThe freehand roof. Image © Dongrui XieThe eaves. Image © Dongrui Xie+ 11

  • Interior Designers: Narmal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  95
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: DuPont, Bentu, Shikoku

URSIDE Hotel & Café / URSIDE

Exterior of URSIDE Hotel & Café After Renovation. Image © Ian Wang
Exterior of URSIDE Hotel & Café After Renovation. Image © Ian Wang

Bar. Image © Ian WangGuest Room of 2nd Floor facing North. Image © Ian WangYongjia Xincun AirBnb. Image © Ian WangSOLOS of 1st Floor	. Image © Ian Wang+ 32

Shanghai, China
  • Architects: URSIDE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1700
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Longshang Books Cafe / atelier mearc

Façade. Image © Shan LiangWindow. Image © Shan LiangArch. Image © Shan LiangArch Wall. Image © Shan Liang+ 23

Xuhui, China

Hui Coffee Lifestyle / Vanished Architecture

Facade. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe Zhang
Facade. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe Zhang

Facade. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe ZhangSummer swimming pool. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe Zhang1F space. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe ZhangFacade. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe Zhang+ 47

Baoding, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Chongqing Tiandi Art Museum / Shenzhen Huahui Design

Night view. Image © Zhi Xia
Night view. Image © Zhi Xia

© Zhi XiaMountain lake and the building. Image © Zhi Xia© Zhi Xia© Zhi Xia+ 38

Street Canvas II / TA architect

1F service point with pool. Image © Tung Yuh Kuanview. Image © Tung Yuh Kuanview. Image © Tung Yuh Kuan1F cafe. Image © Tung Yuh Kuan+ 34

  • Architects: TA architect
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  192
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: FORMOSA SHINN YUAN ALUMINIUM, SHINE-LIFE ENTERPRISE

Pause Cafe / FANAF

© Jin Weijian© Jin Weijian© Jin Weijian© Jin Weijian+ 33

Nanjing, China
  • Architects: FANAF
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Hangzhou Dazhuang Floor Co., Shanghai Rongyi Metal Co. Ltd

Coco Republic / HAO Design

© Hey!Cheese© Hey!Cheese© Hey!Cheese© Hey!Cheese+ 32

Pingtung City, Taiwan (ROC)
  • Interior Designers: HAO Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  248
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Instagram Is Changing How We Design Spaces (And Creating Incredibly Lucrative Businesses)

“This place is really Instagrammable, you’ll see what I mean.”

Walking into a tiled entryway and catching a glimpse of the cocoon-shaped swings, I saw fast. Planta, located on a busy street in Downtown Toronto is an Instagram magnet. And they know it. Opened last fall, Planta’s geotagged posts grow daily, with several of the restaurants’ key spaces photographed again and again. With jungle-inspired wallpaper, graphic tiling and a solid 14k following on their own account, the plant-based eatery means business.

Instagram’s parent-company Facebook announced it made $9.1 billion in earnings this quarter on advertising, retaining its longstanding rule over digital advertising alongside with Google’s Alphabet ($26 billion). With Instagram absorbing competitor Snapchat’s story features and increasing the number of sponsored posts it shows this year (yeah, we noticed), it’s not a stretch to say that the social media giant sits at the center of food and beverage trends. But what happens to interior spaces when restaurants set out to be “Instagrammable”?

It’s All in a Cup of Coffee (or, Indeed, Tea): Does Café Culture Embody the Idea of Europe?

Update: On June 24, 2016, 52% of eligible voters in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. This article was published prior to the referendum announcement.

In 2003 George Steiner—a Paris-born, American, UK-based literary critic, philosopher and essayist—gave a lecture in Tilburg, a small Dutch city on the Belgian border. His talk, which he titled “The Idea of Europe,” made some waves in certain circles but, ultimately, wasn't widely discussed. Years later I found a copy of the transcript in Amsterdam’s Athenaeum[1], who had tucked it in the corner of a sunken room on a shelf devoted to "Brexit." I read it the following day while on a train to Brussels.

As I trundled across the Flemish hinterland Steiner’s words, delivered with judicious insight and a reassuring cautionary edge, served as a reminder of one irrevocable fact: that Europe is a continent “of linguistic, cultural, [and] social diversity;” a “mosaic”[2] of communities that have never been united with the same scale and ambition as that of the European Union. But before the contemporary Euro-project, came European café culture.

Chimney Café / GOA

© Lu Hengzhong© Lu Hengzhong© Lu Hengzhong© Lu Hengzhong+ 13

Shanghai, China
  • Architects: goa
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015