KOI CAFÉ by Farming Architects

A café space combined with Koi aquarium featuring an Aquaponics system

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该项目旨在打造一个带有锦鲤池的咖啡馆空间。建筑共有三层,加上前院,总面积为88平方米(5.5m x 16m)。设计的任务是设计一个便于安装和移动的钢结构。此外,从天花板到家具,整个室内空间皆是用回收的木板制作而成。

The aim of the construction is a café space combined with KOI aquarium, a kind of fish known as the Japanese national fish. The construction is based on a three storey house with a front yard having a total area of 88m2 (5.5m x 16m), with the requirement of designing steel structure easy to install and remove. In addition, the entire interior from the ceiling to the furniture is reused from the wood pallet material available from the owner.

▼咖啡馆外观,external view


KOI CAFÉ space makes an initial impression by using the Batrang double traditional tile for the facade of the building. The roof is like a layer of film that covers the entire facade, creating an impression and attracting attention by the difference with the surrounding buildings. The central also is the position that creates the highlight of the space inside the building, that is the waterfall system and the water flowing from the second floor down. The Asia legend “Carp Leaping Over Dragon’s Gate” is cleverly explained in the language of architecture. Besides the architectural aesthetic design, waterfall also has the effect of creating oxygen for more healthy fish.

▼立面使用了传统的双层瓦片,the Batrang double traditional tiles are used for the facade

▼室内外墙面细部,detail of the facade and internal wall


▼锦鲤池所在的中庭空间,the atrium with a Koi aquarium

▼天花板和家具皆是用回收的木材制作而成,the entire interior is reused from the wood pallet material available from the owner

▼就座空间,seating area

▼室内细部,detail of the interior


遵循Farming Architects的“都市农业”理念,养耕共生(Aquaponics)系统再次被应用到了设计当中,使整个屋顶被覆盖在绿叶之下。锦鲤池产生的废物被泵送至装有烘烤过的黏土的种植箱内,转化为植物生长所需的养料。池水在经过植物根部的过滤之后得到净化,重新回到池塘当中。这是一个完全有机的封闭式循环系统,植物的种植不需要任何化学养料。咖啡馆的员工们还可以从中收获一些绿色蔬菜,作为午饭的食材。养耕共生系统不仅迎合了人们对于锦鲤的喜爱,还为大家的每日餐食增添了些许绿色。

Following the direction “urban agriculture” of Farming Architects, once again, the Aquaponics system is applied to cover the entire roof with green leaves. Koi fish waste is pumped into the plantation tanks containing baked clay soils to convert them into nutrients for the trees. Thanks to the osmosis through the roots, water is purified to return to the aquarium. This is a closed cycle and completely organic by not using any chemical stimulant for the plant. With the application of Aquaponics to Koi Lake, the shop’s staffs can also harvest some green vegetables for their lunch from the system. The Aquaponics urban agricultural model combining with Japanese Koi fish is fully replicable to meet the Koi fish farming interest of citizens as well as can add a little green vegetables for daily meals.

▼瀑布装置将水流从二楼引至下方的水池,the waterfall system with water flowing from the second floor down

▼养耕共生系统还能够将废物转化为植物的养料, the Aquaponics system converts the fish waste into nutrients for the trees

▼二楼阳台,balcony on the second floor

▼夜景,night view

▼设计概念图,concept drawing



Name of project: KOI CAFE
Location: 646- Lang Street- Dong da- Hanoi- Vietnam
Architects: An Viet Dung; An Thanh Nhan; Pham Ngoc Linh; Andrea Scalco
Firm: Farming Architects
Type of project: Renovation
Are: 88m2 (5.5m x 16m)
Completed: 2017
Photos: Nguyen Thai Thach

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