For the longest time, this mysterious site tucked behind an unassuming entrance on the corner of Changde Road and Changping Road resisted stylistic definition: Industrial style? Art gallery? Or even vintage café? The name “Extra Time” came from Mr. Zhang, founder of the project, inspired by the subject of an art exhibit. The initial state of the site essentially defined the form and substance it eventually evolved into.
▼ 补时影院，“Extra Time” Café & Cinema
The vast underground space of 660 square meters was originally created for civil defense purposes. Before UStudies was involved, it had already undergone a botched conversion into a KTV lounge with over a dozen of holes cut into thick concrete walls. The ground floor is nothing more than a hole in the wall, adjacent to a flamboyantly decorated hair salon. Old paint and mortar were carefully removed. Much to the delight of the UStudies’team, a plain concrete base was revealed with traces of casting and holes left by expansion bolts. The site was almost a “construction site”, as raw as it can be but oozing with inspiration.
▼ 真实的素混凝⼟基层，模板浇筑的痕迹、膨胀螺栓的残留孔洞，A plain concrete base with traces of casting and holes left by expansion bolts
A conversion plan was quickly agreed upon. The underground space will adopt a Φ(phi)-shaped layout, with a central hall flanked by hallways on both sides that are connected to the ground floor via staircases: one staircase leads to the main entrance, and the other is converted into a smoking area with a pretty interesting interactive art installation.
▼ 通往地⾯主⼊⼝与被改造为带有互动装置的吸烟区，One staircase leads to the main entrance, and the other is converted into a smoking area with a pretty interesting interactive art installation.
The central hall is divided by six illuminated sliding doors into two pillar-less areas: a bar, and a dining and multi-purpose art space. The longer side of the ceiling is covered with soft illuminated materials to create a bright and airy feel that resembles natural lighting in art galleries.
▼ The central hall，中央⼤厅
Self-leveling epoxy floor is paved from the main entrance, throughout the staircase and then down to the central hall. Bronze numbers are set on the floor alongside the hallways, marking 10 screening rooms of varied size.
▼ 灰⽩⾊环氧⾃流地坪，Self-leveling epoxy floor
Stained steel panels are used throughout the site, such as the ground-floor coffee kiosk, signage, counters and mobile furniture. This is why many visitors have labeled the site “industrial”. But the combination of striped glass and LED light belts are extensively utilized for bar counters, sliding doors and bathroom ceilings, adding a delicate element for a dramatic contrast to an otherwise unadorned concrete space.
▼ 锈钢板与竖纹玻璃结合LED灯带的⼿法的运用，Stained steel panels and the combination of striped glass and LED light belts
As to the ground floor entrance, the façade is fully covered by stucco in grey . The coffee kiosk has a stained steel door panel, which can be unfolded during business hours. It is easy to spot this corner “grey box” from afar.
▼ 外观，External View
Vintage and Nostalgia
Vintage does not necessarily mean nostalgia, and an “industrial” style does not always equal vintage. The design team avoided over-embellishment and instead sought to return the space and materials back to their original condition. The key mission of the “Extra Time” project is to create a multitude of spatial and visual possibilities for its users. Even the plainest piece of concrete wall can be perceived differently by each individual. This type of “exploratory dialogue” transcends the operation of a business, and it is the shared pursuit of the founder and the UStudies design team.
Design Team: Fu Qiang, Luo Chengyu
Project Nature: Cinema, Café, Art Space
Design Area: 660㎡
Main Materials: fair-faced concrete, striped glass, stained steel panel, self-leveling epoxy floor, vintage mirror, brass
Start Time: April 2016
Completion Time: September 2016