Located at 6, Dongsinanyang Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing, the project is renovated by 5L Meet. Originally a rehearsal spot for Beijing Dance Academy of China Performance Group back in 1960s and 1970s, which included a theater, the project site used to be a 300 m2 cafeteria. It has a complicated structure, with both higher frame structure and wood structure tile-roofed house of a Chinese traditional court yard. The project, composed by three spaces with different elevations, leaves much room for an intriguing exploration.


Metalhands咖啡致力于本土精品咖啡探索,已经在北京、上海共有6家店,店面面积虽小但均以高品质咖啡和精细别致的室内环境而被业界所熟知,本项目是Metalhands在北京的第6家店,将做为总店(工厂店)运营,烘焙间专门配置一台烘焙机将烘焙好咖啡豆分发给其他店面,工厂店是Metalhands coffee 承上启下十分重要的节点,是对前几家店的一个总结,也是对自身未来发展的一次全新探索。

Committed to exploring domestic coffee, Metal Hands coffee has already opened six stores in Beijing and Shanghai, all of which are famous for their high-quality coffee and exquisite interior in spite of their small sizes. This project is Metal Hands‘ sixthth shop in Beijing as the brand’s headquarter (factory shop), with a dedicated roaster to distribute roasted coffee beans to all other stores. The roastery serves as a transitional link for Metal Hands coffee, one that not only summarizes experience learned from previous shops, but also marks the new beginning of future development.




1.Spatial force: the overall space is connected by spaces of various sizes that were built in different yeras. The changing floor heights across spaces promise great potential for creativity. The first space is the lobby area, a frame structure with a ceiling height of 4.1 meters. The three huge skylight windows on the south, with their high windowsill, ensure ample lighting. A narrow corridor on the east leads to the second space, the sunken space. As the main house of the traditional Siheyuan, this space is a tile-roofed house with a wood structure, which was originally used as the cafeteria of the rehearsal spot. A small courtyard, the only outdoor area of the whole space, sits in front of the house and ushers in sufficient lighting. Through the kitchen area comes the back-kitchen area, whose ceiling height of 4.35 meters allows much room for creativity.




2. The forces of material and time: the marks of old concrete formwork pouring in lobby is clear. Kitchen area, a traditional wood beam structure, has not been properly maintained for years. It desperately needs to be cleaned so that its traditional charm can be rediscovered. The wood columns that have endured years of humidity and invasion of ants, the marks of concrete formwork pouring, the wood roof, the old ceramic tile on the concrete, the old turquoise window, the old terrazzo floor tile, all these elements, as far as we are concerned, are all interconnected, with a special kind of force flowing among each other. They were built, restored, connected and used in different times, all of which lead to how they look and what they are today. After renovation, they merge with the new environment, talking and interacting with each other through the bond stemmed from the time span. This new design seeks to intensify the connection, emphasizing on the passing of time by drawing comparison between different items as well as people‘s perception of time generated from the switching among spaces.


如何将不同空间有机串连并形成稳定统一的空间而不显得凌乱,如何打造新型的、有趣的咖啡生活体验社区;技术上如何实现异形曲面混凝土吧台;如何有序引导共享际施工和本项目的交叉施工;如何实现Metal Hands Coffee工厂店“承上启下”的定位,如何提高Metal Hands Coffee工厂店的辨识度。

How to organically integrate different spaces into a stable and unified one that does not appear to be messy. How to create a brand-new and interesting community for coffee lovers; technically, how to manufacture irregular-shaped and curved concrete bar counter; how to orderly carry out cross construction of 5L Meet and our project; how to deliver Metal Hands’s intention for this factory shop to be a transitional link and how to make Metal Hands‘ factory shop a more recognizable destination.






The lobby is transformed into the factory area, with a see-through roastery room surrounded by irregular-shaped and curved concrete bar counter. Customers sitting around the bar counter are able to observe the baristas as well as the factory as they operate. The counter is designed to be 800mm lower than regular bars, allowing closer exchanges between customers and baristas; the lobby retains and repairs the original concrete wall, ceiling and columns; on the ceiling, the element of pipe is utilized to design horizontal metal pipes that share the same contour as the bar counter. One of the pipes connects the water supply, with another three vertical pipes channeling the water to bar counter; the roastery room, with its silver-grey metal shell and see-through glass, has a mezzanine, which can serve as a storage area and training ground for coffee knowledge; a roaster runs in the roastery room, which, as a whole, creates the vibe of a factory with its sound, color and material.




The factory area is connected to old times area with a time tunnel. As people enter this 11-meter long futuristic metal pipe, their curiosity and anticipation of what comes next spike. And when they arrive at the old times area, the change in spaces gives out the experience of time traveling;






The old times area is renovated from kitchen area, with roof and windows of the old house being replaced and refurbished. The original wall and terrazzo floor are kept in order to create the vibe of old times; a smaller bar counter is set up between main house window outdoor courtyard to serve the old times area and art space. This counter has an enclosed shape, with 1/3 of it located outside and the rest inside. The counter opens on two sides and serves as a middle island to link the outdoor and interior during busy hours in summer. Customers are welcome to sit around the counter, where baristas can serve them from any angle. Furniture at the old times area is purchased by Mr. Ding, the shop manager, from abroad. The classic furniture brings back vibe of the past, strengthening the concept of old times.



“后厨”区域改造为集艺术沙龙、展示为一体的艺术空间,顶部圆筒形装置内可不定期邀请艺术家创作,装置、或举办小体量展览等多种形式,这种开放的理念也是Metal Hands咖啡自身对“未来”经营模式的一种探索。

The back-kitchen area is rebuilt into an art space that combines art salon and exhibition. The cylindrical space on top functions as room for artist creation and small-scale exhibitions. This idea of openness also represents Metal Hands coffee’s exploration of future business model.




By immersing in and switching from different spaces, customers are able to experience the vibes created by all these spaces, in which they use communications and exchanges to produce more energy. Interacting with 5L Meet and shared theater, all these vibes form a unique force field in old Hutong area, which, to some extent, stimulates the daily life and enriches cultural experience in Hutong.





项目名称:Metal Hands Coffee 铁手咖啡制造总局


项目业主:Metal h Hands Coffee 铁手咖啡



设计单位:力场(北京)建筑设计 Linkchance Architects





项目摄影:金伟琦、Linkchance Architects



设计撰文:Linkchance Architects

Project information——

Project name: Metal Hands coffee renovation

Project location: Dongcheng District, Beijing

Project owner: Metal Hands coffee

Project period: May 2019-January 2020

Project area: 300 m2

Design firm: Linkchance Architects

Chief designer: An Zhaoxue

Designer team: Hou Xue, Yu Wenjing, Shao Lin, Zhang He

Lighting consulting: Yuanzhan Lighting Consultant

Materials: concrete, perforated aluminum panel, stainless steel panel, laminated bamboo panel, ribbed glass, polished slab, concrete paint

Photography: Jin Weiqi, Linkchance Architects

Video: Liu Wenbin

Construction team: Beijing Shidai Municipal Engineering Co., Ltd.

Design copywriting: Linkchance Architects