Laihui Cafe in Guangzhou, China by ANSON DESIGN

Grove in the space

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Wang shu said in the book of building a house: space is no longer a three-dimensional aesthetic object created by hallucinatory artistic means such as perspective, but a thing that needs real experience, which can be appropriately called volume volume. It does not want to represent reality or duplicate it, but formalizes the object as a value that fully embraces freedom.

▼咖啡厅室内空间一览,overall view of the interior ©罗文翰


Compared with others, we hope that the desi gn can be integrated into the urban environment rather than make the city more noisy. The glass doors on both sides use the name of the store “LAIHUI”, and the word “LAI” is used outside of the door to symbolize the welcoming of the guests. The word “HUI” is used inside of the door, represents guests will return home soon when leaving.

▼店面外观,玻璃门中使用来回二字,shop front with “LAI” and “HUI” on the glass door ©罗文翰

▼入口细部,details at the entrance ©罗文翰


L-shaped bar adds additional use area to form an enclosed space for baristas and customers. This space shows three different materials of the same color to explore the slight changes in the lighting environments of different materials. The aluminum plate of the cabinet, the wallpaper of the wall,the coating of the ceiling and the skin of seat, the three materials in the illumination of the light, create an interesting block relationship.

▼L型吧台,空间白天和夜晚呈现不同的氛围,space with L-shaped bar, light creates different atmosphere ©罗文翰


Linked with outdoor glass for interior to create a better visual experience, the trunk of three different location arrangement in space, as a dividing line, the space disturb forming richer multi-dimensional spatial relationships, it is not only the partition of the space, also is the visual center of the space, clean aluminum plate and the wallpaper, the trunk with time rings more outstanding.

▼整面玻璃创造良好的视觉体验,三根树干划分空间,glass facade creates a better visual experience while the trunks define the space ©罗文翰


Nature is free, and the trunk that is deprived of life should also be free. Let the trunk fit into the space to rejuvenate life. Change is a natural law. Without restraint, it can be free. The space design gives ten abandoned trunks a second life through the space which might bring some thoughts to others.

▼就餐区,树干带来自然的氛围,dining space with trunks creating a natural feeling ©罗文翰

▼空间细部,details of the dining space ©罗文翰


Space is no longer a three-dimensional aesthetic object created through illusion art, but a existence that requires a real experience. It does not represent reality, nor does it replicate reality, but treats it as a value that fully embraces freedom. It is similar to the state of the woods, but it is not a real forest; consciousness serves the self and changes according to the thoughts of the self. The trunk cuts the space into different tiny forms, which is an experiment of fragmentation of space.

▼树干带来丰富的体验,the trunks enrich people’s experience ©罗文翰


Mental state is an important factor in determining human consciousness. In the process of spatial remodeling, the pursuit of reality will continue to emerge. The integration and extension of space is one of the ways to break the ideology from a single space, which creating independent thinking can better reflect the value of it.

▼庭院空间,courtyard ©罗文翰


项目名称 来回咖啡
设计机构: 安森设计事务所
项目地址:广州 方圆大厦店 

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