a system of repetitive arch frames defines ASWA's loft-style café in bangkok

a system of repetitive arch frames defines ASWA's loft-style café in bangkok

ASWA redefines building’s identity using the arch element

 

ASWA (Architectural Studio of Work – Aholic) transforms a former rental building into a loft-style café space in an eastern suburb of Bangkok, Thailand. Spanning approximately 300 sqm and accommodating around 70 seats, the one-and-a-half-story Bitter Kiss Café required a rejuvenated aesthetic. The studio envisioned infusing the existing structure with welcoming elements. The concept centers on creating an inviting space, beginning with an arch and an inverted arch, which together form an abstract picture frame at the exterior entrance and extend into the interior space.

a system of repetitive arch frames defines ASWA's loft-style café in bangkok
all images ©ASWA

 

 

bitter kiss café features new elements in its welcoming interior

 

Repetitive white arch frames were strategically placed at the front of the building to attract passersby from the street to the Bitter Kiss Café. Crafted by ASWA, these arch elements provide views of the lush green surroundings, evolving with the changing interplay of light and shadow throughout the day. Inside, plywood arch partitions delineate distinctive architectural shapes, forming semi-private areas. Leveraging the building’s existing structural grid, the architects integrated the new elements, effectively concealing the central concrete column and ensuring a welcoming environment for every visitor. 

a system of repetitive arch frames defines ASWA's loft-style café in bangkok
the owners wanted to redefine the building’s identity

a system of repetitive arch frames defines ASWA's loft-style café in bangkok
the loft-style café is housed in a former rental building

a system of repetitive arch frames defines ASWA's loft-style café in bangkok
spanning approximately 300 sqm and accommodating around 70 seats, the café acquired a rejuvenated aesthetic

a system of repetitive arch frames defines ASWA's loft-style café in bangkok
the interior features plywood arch partitions

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the arches create semi-private spaces

a system of repetitive arch frames defines ASWA's loft-style café in bangkok
the concept centers on creating an inviting space, beginning with an arch and an inverted arch

repetitive-arch-frames-aswa-loft-style-cafe-bangkok-designboom-1800-01

the arches transform with the shifting light throughout the day

a system of repetitive arch frames defines ASWA's loft-style café in bangkok
the new elements conceal the central concrete column

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the design ensures an environment for every visitor

 

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the arch element extends from the entrance into the interior
the arch element extends from the entrance into the interior
the studio envisioned infusing the existing structure with fresh elements
the studio envisioned infusing the existing structure with fresh elements
the archs form an abstract picture frame
the archs form an abstract picture frame

project info:

 

name: Bitter Kiss Cafe
architect: ASWA (Architectural Studio of Work – Aholic) | @aswa_bangkok
interior design: ASWA (Architectural Studio of Work – Aholic)
location: Bangkok, Thailand 
area: 300 sqm 

 

 

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edited by: thomai tsimpou | designboom

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