项目位于阿联酋的绿洲城市艾因（Al Ain），在经过几年的经营后，La Petite的业主决定重新改造这家充满邻家气息的小咖啡馆，有机整合品牌、产品以及室内空间，使其更好地与环境融为一体。项目旨在通过品牌创意重新定义咖啡馆的特色与经营理念，并结合厨师顾问Ashley Wentling的创意菜单一起，实现La Petite咖啡馆的转型。
After operating for several years, the neighborhood café — La Petite, situated in the oasis city of Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, intended on reinventing itself to organically integrate the brand, offerings, and space to its environment. Redeveloping its purpose and identity with Hint Creative, translating the concept through its menu with chef consultant Ashley Wentling, the transformation began.
▼咖啡厅概览，overview © Oculis Project
Inspired by Al Ain’s landscapes, desert topography, the space’s seating, and working height hierarchy was shaped – allowing a diversity in seating arrangements which accommodates a direct visual connection to the garden, creating privacy and eliminating obstruction of view.
▼由室外看咖啡厅，viewing the project from the out-door garden © Oculis Project
The use of bi-fold glass doors accentuates the connection, creating a dialogue between the inner space and surrounding landscaping while directional light fixtures in the shop and garden mimic soft theatrical lighting silhouettes.
▼可双向打开的玻璃门模糊了室内外的界限， bi-fold glass doors accentuates the connection © Oculis Project
▼由吧台一侧的座位看向沙发休息区，viewing the sofa seating area from the bar seat © Oculis Project
▼由操作台一侧看吧台座椅区，viewing the bar seat from the working place © Oculis Project
Bone‘s design intent was to redefine the coffee bar’s volume as a monolithic sculpture in a cubist approach, that serves multiple functions as well as emphasizes the essential role that one plays within a space. The height of the bar is depressed from a customer’s standpoint — and serves as a coffee table for guests. From a barista’s position, the bar is at working height, this allows for a fluid dynamic and unification in one’s horizontal vision. The seating arrangements were derived from traditional Emirati floor majlises as well as casual, laid back cafe seating.
▼咖啡馆的吧台是一个具有多种功能的整体雕塑，the coffee bar’s volume as a monolithic sculpture serves multiple functions © Oculis Project
▼带有沙发的座位区体现出布局的多样性，the seating area with the sofa reflects the diversity of the layout © Oculis Project
The selection and tonality of the materiality and treatment of surfaces epitomize the surrounding abundant desert sand, allowing the space to remain grounded in its location’s origins and create a sense of space. Mineral plasters in course and smooth finishes, soft linens, clay table lamps are complemented with the use of untreated aluminum Rivet tables and black steel Trianglo Chairs from Frama.
▼室外灯具与花园细部，details of the light in the garden © Oculis Project
▼室外台阶细部，details of the steps © Oculis Project
▼室内墙面细部，details of the wall © Oculis Project
▼吧台细部，details of the bar © Oculis Project
▼座椅细部，details of the chairs © Oculis Project
▼夜景，night view © Oculis Project
▼手稿，hand-drawing © Bone Studio
▼平面图，plan © Bone Studio
Location: Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Indoor Area: 85 sqm
Outdoor Area: 100 sqm
Completion Date: March 2019
Collaborators and Credits:
Photography: Oculis Project. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Known for: Aesop, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Inked, Dubai by Far Architects.
Custom Mineral Plaster Finishes: Optimum Gulf. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Interior Architectural Lighting: PSLab. Beirut born, offices in Stuttgart, Bologna, Dubai, Amsterdam, London, Antwerp.
Known for: Aesop, various, Worldwide.
Exterior Lighting: Flos. Italy.
Table lamps: In Common With. Brooklyn, New York.
Door System: Oryx. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Furniture: Gervasoni. Italy. Frama. Denmark. Skargaarden. Denmark. Ethnicraft. Belgium.