CupOne Cafe – Wangjing Building, Beijing

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CupOne Cafe, Beijing

New Restaurant in Wangjing, China – design by LATITUDE Architects

21 Jan 2014

CupOne Cafe Beijing

Design: LATITUDE, Architects


CupOne Cafe
Wangjing, Beijing, China

Coffee shops, restaurants, libraries and the likes became indubitable extensions of our own place. In this particular occasion, LATITUDE has been commissioned to explore the possibilities of combining the functions of a standard coffee shop settlement with the idea of public visual art.

CupOne Cafe

The space is organized with two floors. The first floor has been opened up by erasing all its façade and, therefore, becoming an extension of the public space. Inside of it, the visitor can find two areas: the come-and-go area (fast) and the relaxing area (slow). The first one is characterized by the use of high tables and chairs next to the service area which is a longitudinal-lighting box wrapped by white glass. The slow area is designed with low tables, and an embedded bench into steel furniture all along the wall. These two areas are divided by a longitudinal-steel furniture which incorporates an orchestrate disposition of mirrors and projectors that will create a visual illusion.

CupOne Cafe

The spiral staircase acts as a transition space from the first floor to the second floor. Despites its functional importance as the main vertical circulation, it provides strong characteristic and dialogue between up and down. The strings distribute around the periphery act as structural supports and balustrade for safety. Visually, those strings show the juxpotation of brutal beauty by strong black steel material and lyrical rhythm by the repetition and alternation.

CupOne Cafe

The second floor is featured by its circular shape. Within the 360° transparent panorama, the outside urban landscape and the interior has merged and become a whole. Hence “wholeness” has become one of the major design principles. One could describe the second floor as a single unit assembled by the form of circle, if disassembled; the unit will be elaborated to functional components such as circular-bench, outside-facing bar table, service table, ceiling-light and platform. Those components not only spread from the centre of the floor plan to emphasize the centric space but also layer in three dimensions to lead the circulation and construct the complexity of activities.

CupOne Cafe

“Flexibility” is another core for the space. The whole interior assemblage is not aimed to provide fixed model for particular activity. Instead, as the concept of CupOne itself, it offers a variety of possibilities. For example, unlike the normally use of one-table-two-chairs for coffee drinkers, short piling-like tables display along the circular bench as movable elements, customers may seat still, lean on, lying down and move the table wherever they like. When necessary, the movable elements could also be stored away to create space for special activities such as lecture and exhibition.

CupOne Cafe

The principle for selecting material is simplicity, less is not always more, but always creates elegancy. Timber is applied for floor, platform and tables to state the narrative of wholeness, black steel wrapped the service table tells the unfinished story of downstairs, presenting the continuity of vertical space. The white ceiling light echoes with white columns and curtain wall structure as well as strongly contrast with the black steel.

CupOne Cafe

To respect the concept of whole never means to denial of details, on the contrary, detail design play an essential role. Take the heating system as an example, all heating radiators hide underneath the timber platform and the air outlets embedded within the side of circular bench at ankle level to let warm air go up, the careful-designed split-like air outlet contribute to the artistic look of the whole. Thus service facility integrated with the form, again, responds to the concept of wholeness. Besides, The joint of the concrete and the timber floor, the contrast between soft (fabric) and rigid (concrete, timber and steel),etc.All provide a delectable present when zoom in the lens.

CupOne Cafe

As a result, the coffee shop transcends the basic function of serving coffee and beverage into a public living room, while provoking visitors to have different emotions with the design of those atmospheres.

CupOne Cafe in Beijing – Building Information

YEAR: 2013
TYPE: Commission
CLIENT: Cupone Co., Limited
PROGRAM: 550m2 of coffee shop
CHEIF DESIGNER: Manuel Zornoza
TEAM: Bo Liu, Cherry Fan, Frank Zhan
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: SOK Consulting Service Limited

CupOne Cafe – Information in Chinese

整个空间共分为两层。我们去除了一层空间的玻璃外墙,并以卷帘代替。 通过这种处理手段将一层打开,成为公共开放空间。第一层分为两个区域:快饮区和休闲区。在快饮区内,我们精心挑选了高脚桌和高脚椅,并将它们放置离操作室较近的位置。操作室的外墙石材由白玻璃围成。休闲区的长椅紧贴墙体,与之呼应的是钢制的图像展示台,投影仪和镜子。第二层的特点是圆环。设计主旨彰显吊顶灯的独特风格,营造一处集中、环绕的空间构成。

创作时间: 2013
项目类型: 委托
项目进展: 建成
业主: 北京创造力文化发展有限公司
项目构成: 550m2 咖啡厅
主创设计师: 马努•索诺撒
项目经理: 岑丽慧
设计团队: 刘博, 范田原, 占舜迪
施工方: SOK咨询有限公司

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