jun murata uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's café la loop 86
 

jun murata uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's café la loop 86

conceived by the osaka-based architect, jun murata / JAM, café la loop 86 is a multi-functional space situated within shanghai‘s shipyard 1862 building. the concept behind the design focuses on creating a flexible and open interior that serves also as a gallery. characterized by a pared-back material palette and bare walls, the project has been formed to provide the perfect backdrop for exhibitions.

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

all images courtesy of jun murata / JAM

 

 

the rectilinear plan covers a total floor area of 1033 ft2 (96 m2). the program of the scheme comprises of a closed off office and storage room to the back corner, with the rest of the interior designed by the architect to be semi-open. within this open space, a partition in the center subtly separates a meeting and gallery space. the remaining area consists of the café, which is articulated by a large white bar, becoming the focal point of the interior. 

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

 

 

with regard to materials, the walls and floor have been built in concrete, with the exposed ceiling painted in white to complement the minimal style. to offset this color palette, wood and brass accents are employed to bring an element of warmth to the space, with wishbone chairs by hans wegner sitting around a handmade table. the façade of the café is made from gradated glass, ensuring privacy for the guests. artificial light has also been considered, with strips used at the base of partitions and under the bar counter to illuminate the spaces and bring the pared-back space to life.

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

jun murata / JAM uses exposed concrete and brass accents for shanghai's cafe la loop 86 designboom

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘cafe la loop 86 & gallery’

program: café, gallery, office

location: shanghai, china

architect: jun murata / JAM

floor area: 1033 ft2 (96 m2)

design period: oct – nov 2018

construction period: jan – mar 2019

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