“wandering” – Metal Hands Coffee drives camping coffee car into China World Trade Center, Beijing/DAGA Architects
To achieve a symbiotic balance between the small cafe and the city’s landmark center
Where the miles are marked in the blood and the gold,
I’ll meet you further on up the road.
——Johnny Cash 《Futher On Up The Road》
▲空间概览 overall view of the space
Busy streets, bustling crowds, neon dazzling, light color trance, also unreal also true.
How to describe the desire for vagrancy and freedom in the bustling end of Beijing CBD in the form of cafes.
So in the illusion of repeated refraction of reinforced concrete and plexiglas, DAGA is looking for a breakthrough point.
The cafe is a replica of an RV made of stainless steel, allowing visitors to sit scattered around. The boundary between indoor and outdoor space is blurred, allowing visitors to access more ways to experience coffee. Wooden tables and chairs, transparent French Windows and warm yellow lights inside create a quiet and immersive atmosphere of relaxation. By combining post-industrial aesthetics with coffee culture, we have gradually made drinking coffee a social behavior.
▲咖啡车外观 external view of the cafe
Putting your sense of the environment first, the giant floor-to-ceiling Windows are used to emphasize the wonderful experience of looking up CBD from the internal perspective, so that the space itself places the user’s concern in the part guided by the designer. What you see through these viewports is like a movie playing on a loop, in sharp contrast to the soothing mood inside.
▲一窗一景 Out of the window of the scene
In this case, the meandering flow Spaces connected by different small Spaces are well connected to the different functional areas without destroying the overall structure of the building. The contrast of scattered small Spaces breaks the uniformity and provides a flexible spatial layout.
▲俯瞰图 aerial view
▲临窗一隅 A view near the window
It was a challenge for us to make the indoor and outdoor Spaces of the coffee cart a continuous place, as there were too small to create a fully functional and comfortable business space due to the lack of hardware and available space. In this case, the outdoor open area should also have the same functional supply. The open sofa area, which looks like a convertible, borrows the concept of camping. The good view greatly enhances the depth of the whole space, and also greatly enhances the difference between indoor and outdoor space. We hope that customers can experience the fun of deconstructed space in different areas.
▲暖调的灯光烘托舒适的氛围 Warm lighting sets off a comfortable atmosphere
The concept of “wandering” in the city is extended to the interior of this space, creating an interesting and unique smelling independent space in the context of the existing commercial building. We hope that people can still feel the distinct relationship between interior and exterior, exclusive and public places of the open city, and continue the urban perspective and the experience of empty and comfortable.
▲小体积咖啡车与城市地标中心的共生平衡 A symbiotic balance between the cafe and the city landmark
▲和谐地融入周边环境 Harmoniously blend into the surrounding environment
The construction of the interior space and its mood is the most important, it must be both pleasure and practicability. By following the logic of the objective place and adding more fun to the tonality of the brand, we explore how we can find the optimal solution for each design within various constraints.
▲开放区客座细节 Open area guest details
The difficulty of this case depends on the modeling of the theme. Rv styling is an unprecedented creative experience for designers. In the balance between the difficulty of construction and the expected assumption, the designer still broke the building barrier to ensure the fun of the space as much as possible.
▲从背面观察咖啡车 View the cafe from the back
▲4座立式吧台拓展空间 Four vertical bars to expand the space
The most intuitive drawback of this case is the lack of storage space. In order to make up for this regret, four vertical bars are placed outside the site to supplement the storage space and further expand the use of semi-open space.
The inspiration of RV is more from American buffet bar. The choice of each material pays attention to sustainability, portability and service life. Using lighter materials to create mobile devices is a shortcut for users with less consumables and environmental protection——in the future, it can appear in any social place where there is demand. This activity also takes into account the building’s connection and sense of value to the community and its surroundings.
▲咖啡车伫立在午后的暖阳中 The cafe stands in the warm afternoon sun
Good design should attract people, make people stop or walk in it, revel in their own experience, nothing more than to give people the opportunity to create experience. In the unique location space, we should think more about how to bring visitors more distinctive visual empathy.
▲与周围高耸的建筑形成对比强烈的视觉感受 The cafe provides a visual contrast to the surrounding towering buildings
建造时间：2022年3 月-2022年 4月
Project name：Metal Hands Coffee（Fontune Mall）
Design company：DAGA Architects
Design Team：Shen Jianghai, Zhang longxiao,Hu fangting
Project type：Interior Design，Renovation
Design time：Jan 2022
Construction time：Mar 2022 – Apr 2022