Shanghailander has opened up its third café and bakery on North Lingling Road. The eclectic interior design is a result of both Shanghailander’s signature style and its willingness to embrace the neighborhood.
A Kiosk Café Across From the Primary School
Located in the corner of a residential area, Shanghailander is one of the ground-floor shops trimming the high-rise buildings behind. Right across the road stands a primary school. At the beginning and end of each school day, the street is always bustling with schoolchildren and their parents. We therefore decided to create an open-sided Kiosk café, where all community members and parents can enter and spend their time freely. A counter is set up at the center of the interior. The street-side facade is defined by wooden frame folding doors and windows, which are kept open in fine weather, connecting the space within and without.
Triangular Counter Under the Arched Roof
The centerpiece inside the café is a triangular counter with edges measuring 3.6 meters in length, a product of careful discussions between us and the director of operations. Each side of the counter is subject to a specific use, thus maximizing the workflow efficiency for the barista. Above the counter is an arched roof made of steel, which remains visible from a distance. As a micro-architecture inside the space, the roof is independent from the counter, displaying the sheer beauty of its curved silhouette and accessible structure. Its color scheme takes cues from the walls of the primary school, and uses coral colors to create a sense of warmth and familiarity. Echoing the shape of the roof, customized lamps are installed across the walls.
Prolonged Wall That Welcomes All
The caramel-colored wooden paneling runs in parallel with the central counter and stretches forward in horizontal direction, taking a shallow turn at the corner. The original horizontal lines on the buildings’s exterior are continued and extended inside. They encircle the door handle, delineate the menu slot, embellish the back of the bench, and guide towards the restroom. Along the same lines, mirrors are installed on the wall by the entrance, reflecting the street view. These geometric formations draw our eyes to the café and invite the pedestrians to walk inside.
Parents can enjoy coffee or pastries here while waiting for their children to return. It is our hope that this café will become a shared space for the local community and an organic part in people’s daily life.
Project name：Shanghailander, North Lingling Road
location：23 North Lingling Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Completion month, Year：12.2020
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