‘Bitun’ comes from the transliteration of the word ‘between’, an intention to create a living space that satisfies the social needs of modern young people in various gaps in the city. We hope to break the dull boundaries of traditional communities, so that everyone has a refreshing place where they can relax at any time between work and family. BETWEEN Suzhou Bay Sports Center is our first attempt.
‘One another’ and ‘between’ are the core of what we hope to convey. We found an act that we can enjoy ourselves while chatting – drinking. The drinking culture of urban young people is inseparable from coffee and wine. We hope to create a space where one can drink coffee during the day and alcohol at night to achieve a comfortable experience while connecting people.
Here one can connect with the people around you through drinking and chatting, but also feel safe enough to enjoy some individual time. Day and night, indoor and outdoor dissolve at this place. BETWEEN will also become a comfortable place for you to rest your mind and body in the city.
Through the form of sliding windows, the boundary between indoor and outdoor is blurred, and the physical barrier between people is broken. In terms of the treating of indoor space, we hope to create an absolutely simple, relaxing and stress-free environment. So we use the least intervention in the initial architectural setting, maintain the rough temperament of the original space, and only insert a bar counter into it besides the necessary functional modules such as the back kitchen. The remaining space is given to movable furniture to meet the maximum flexibility of daily guests, events, and party reservations.
To satisfy the sense of flexibility and fun between ‘between’, we designed and customized a set of movable modular cart products for BETWEEN. Each module cart only occupies a space of 1m X 1m on the plane. We defined the initial three groups of modules as three functions： ‘Mobile Art Bookshelf’, ‘Coffee Making Cart’ and ‘Mobile Display Shelf’. The three cart modules can be split or combined.
When the carts are separated independently, three groups of carts constitute the art book bar, coffee making station and retail area in the store. When the carts are put together and assembled, the continuous 3-sqm-space forms a feeling of “collection store”. When the weather is good, the carts can be pushed to the open outdoor space at any time, thus becoming an outdoor retail stall and an ‘urban plug-in device’ that activates the surrounding community.
We hope that this undefined store of BETWEEN with a flexible and open attitude can create a social and scenery vibe in the increasingly active Suzhou Bay Community Center. Here the neighborhood can enjoy the daily social interaction and at the same time experience the non-daily creativity.
设计时间：2022年05月 – 2020年06月
建设时间：2021年06月 – 2020年07月