Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA

A multi-functional coffee shop with eight magic doors

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Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-26@LUCAS

UUA建筑师事务所设计的北京Coffee Craft咖啡厅探索了咖啡空间的另一种可能。设计的核心是建立一个灵活的、开放式的空间架构,创造出一个融合有咖啡厅、美术馆、秀场和会议功能的混合空间。

Designed by United Units Architects, Coffee Craft Beijing explores a new possibility of coffee shop. Guided by a design concept that establishes an adaptable and open ended spatial framework, a truly mixed use space of coffee shop, gallery, venue space and meeting rooms is created.

▼ 灵活的、开放式的空间架构,An adaptable and open ended spatial framework

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-11@周岩


The coffee shop’sprinciple spaceis divided into four main areas: bar counter zone, seating zone, conference zone and kitchen zone. Separated by 8 partition doors and 2 partition curtains, the bar serving area and main seating space can be adapted into 5 different configurations, thereby satisfying different user and daily functional requirements: For example, from a large open space to cater for big events, to an arrangement of smaller more intimatespaces.

Careful consideration of the positioning furniture and central installation allowsample space between customers, and although one has a sense of being in a vibrant and dynamic coffee shop, personal space can still be maintained.

▼ 通过控制8扇大门和2组隔帘的开启与关闭,座位区实现了5种分隔方式,The bar serving area and main seating space can be adapted into 5 different configurations

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-08

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-12@周岩


Their functional purpose aside, the attention to detail of the partition doors adds additional depth and texture, as rhombic steel screens adorn one side of each door, which when illuminated form a sense of cascading movement. On the opposite side, interlocking vertical louvers can be open or closed with a simple movement, giving further control to the amount of light and privacy required for different events.

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吧台区的主材使用不锈钢和红铜色金属板,在冷峻与温暖之间取得平衡。吧台区的吊顶板设计表达了建筑师对于Archigram的致敬。胶囊形的吊顶板好似Instant City里的飞艇,而垂下的吊灯犹如飞艇下方悬挂着的文化设施,带来第三波精品咖啡文化。吧台一侧的墙上悬挂有一幅咖啡产区的世界地图,它又是照明开关的总控墙,每个照明开关的位置对应一个重要的咖啡产区。但是有一个例外,就是北京,这是Coffee Craft的所在地。

In the bar counter area, the juxtaposition of stainless steel and copper metal panels createsinterplay between the coolness of the metal and the warmth of the coppery red. It is within the design of the ceiling panels suspended over the bar counter that the architect pays his homage to Archigram. Taking inspiration from the Instant City (1969), the capsule-shaped panel resembles an airship, with the lamp suspended below symbolising cultural facilities. It is this subtle reference that suggests the new wave of coffee culture that is now emerging within the city.

Positioned at the far-end of the bar counter, the large world map of coffee production areas not only acts as a visual backdrop but also serves as the main control panel of lighting switches. The position of each light switch is located at an important area of coffee production, with the one exception being Beijing, the home of Coffee Craft.

▼ 吧台空间,The Bar

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-18@周岩

▼ 胶囊形的吊顶板,The capsule-shaped panel

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-20@周岩

▼ 咖啡产区的世界地图,A large world map of coffee production areas

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-23@周岩


The focal point of the seating zone is the “desert garden”, which surrounded by four mirrors gives the illusion of an infinite space. Giving reference to Area 51 within the Nevada desert, the impression is enhanced as the large mirrored UFO like ceiling panel that hovers overhead. The Vespa motorbike is a central element within this scene, seemingly appearing to have been left as a gift by these extra terrestrial visitors.

▼ 座位区内的沙漠花园,The focal point of the seating zone is the “desert garden”

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-21@周岩

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-22@周岩


By using a combination of copper coloredaluminum panes and ultra-white opaque glass, the language of the main façade is transformed from day to night. Coupled with the warmth of these materials, and the reflection of light,the arch windows set a gentle rhythm that effectively catches the passerby’s eye, creating a welcome contrast to the streetscape outside, and a warm invitation to those who wish to enter within.

▼ 店面外观,External View

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA CC-28@周岩

▼ 平面图,Plan

Coffee Craft Beijing by UUA Plan

建筑面积: 400㎡
项目名称:Coffee Craft 咖啡馆
业主:Coffee Craft 咖啡馆
地点:中国,北京市,海淀区,高粱桥路长河湾 Coffee Craft

Project information:
Design Studio: United Units Architects
Principal Architect: Yongzheng Li
Design Team: Yongzheng Li,Qizhi li,Yanfeng Lyu,Teng Jiang
Floor Area: 400㎡
Project Name: Coffee Craft
Completion Time: 2016
Logo Design:egg
Construction: Zhongyi Decoration
Location:Haidian district,Beijing,China
Photographer: Yan Zhou,Lucas@ASTUDIO

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