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Cafe: The Latest Architecture and News

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
  • Architects: Lukstudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  260
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Café Parallel / TEMP

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

Beijing, China
  • 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 FANZHENG Round Glass Curtain Wall. Image Courtesy of Atelier FANZHENG Water Pool. Image Courtesy of Atelier FANZHENG Mezzanine. 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

RUMORS / Narmal

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

Outdoor. Image © Dongrui Xie RUMORS new bund store. Image © Dongrui Xie The freehand roof. Image © Dongrui Xie The eaves. Image © Dongrui Xie + 11

  • Interiors designers: Narmal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  95
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

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 Wang Guest Room of 2nd Floor facing North. Image © Ian Wang Yongjia Xincun AirBnb. Image © Ian Wang SOLOS 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 Liang Window. Image © Shan Liang Arch. Image © Shan Liang Arch Wall. Image © Shan Liang + 23

Xuhui, China
  • Architects: atelier mearc
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  188
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Hui Coffee Lifestyle / Vanished Architecture

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

Facade. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe Zhang Summer swimming pool. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe Zhang 1F space. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe Zhang Facade. Image © Entong Li, Jiahe Zhang + 47

Baoding, China
  • Architects: Vanished Architecture
  • 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 Xia Mountain lake and the building. Image © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 38

Yuzhong, China

Street Canvas II / TA architect

1F service point with pool. Image © Tung Yuh Kuan view. Image © Tung Yuh Kuan view. Image © Tung Yuh Kuan 1F 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

Lattice Book House / Scenic Architecture Office

Shanghai, China

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

Coco Republic / HAO Design

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

Pingtung City, Taiwan (ROC)
  • Interiors 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

Variable Wonderful Space - Underline Cafe / LYCS Architecture

Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Courtesy of LYCS Architecture + 14

  • Architects: LYCS Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  240
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015