tree-shaped columns dominate café-bar on gulangyu island, china

tree-shaped columns dominate café-bar on gulangyu island, china

 

1/2 Coffee & Bar reflects the surrounding organic forms

 

Architecture office CUN PANDA NANA has undertaken the design of a cafébar on Gulangyu, a small island off the coast of Xiamen, China. The brief was to design a hybrid place that mimics the surrounding natural landscape and integrates local aesthetics. Thus, through ‘1/2 Coffee & Bar’, the design team sought to form a landmark with a tree-shaped canopy welcoming visitors into an intimate environment that celebrates the island’s unique characteristics. tree-shaped columns dominate café-bar on gulangyu island, chinaall images by Liu Xinghao, Yan Yu Architectural Space Photography, Yu Vision

 

 

tree columns dominate the interior 

 

The original structure of the project was part of a 19th-century building taking shape as a dome with an immersive sea view. Taking into account the urban context, history, culture, and natural resources, the architectural duo aimed to generate a spatial memory that belongs to Gulangyu Island. They made the most of its site and unique facets, all the while responding to the brand’s ambition for a diverse and composite space. Thus, the architects created a simplified veranda to retain a large proportion of the original architectural structure while adding new modern elements.

 

Drawing influence from the small-leaf ficus commonly seen on the island, the team opted to integrate its form into the design. Hence, steel structures spreading over like tree trunks dominate the space and stretch out a broad canopy covering the ceiling. This structure plays with shadows and light and serves as a shelter from sun and rain in the humid, hot, and rainy subtropical region. It also forms an unseen space for ventilation and heat dissipation.tree-shaped columns dominate café-bar on gulangyu island, china

 

Layers of leaves on the canopy form dim lights under the illumination of the sun rays projected on the ground. Light strips are embedded in the gaps between the ‘twigs and trees’ on the top to create a warm and playful space. When dark, the ‘1/2 Coffee & Bar’ changes its character. The gentle daytime forest sparks under the modern neon light, appealing to nightlife lovers. 

tree-shaped columns dominate café-bar on gulangyu island, china

tree-shaped columns dominate café-bar on gulangyu island, china

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tree-shaped columns dominate café-bar on gulangyu island, china
 
tree-shaped columns dominate café-bar on gulangyu island, china
 

project info:

 

name: 1/2 Coffee & Bar (Gulangyu Store)
designer: CUN PANDA NANA

design team: Cai Xuanna, Lin Jiacheng

location: Xiamen, Fujian, China

area: 250 sqm

chief designer: Cai Xuanna, Lin Jiacheng 

design time: 2021.02

completion time: 2021.11

lighting design: Vidlux&Crisman

photography: Liu Xinghao, Yan Yu Architectural Space Photography, Yu Vision

 

 

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edited by: christina petridou | designboom

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