Suzhou has been dependent on canals since ancient times. Until today, nearly half of Suzhou’s freight volume is still borne by waterways. Touring the ancient canal at night, the lights along the coast complement the buildings of the ancient city. On one side are the ancient historical and cultural relics of Suzhou, such as Panmen, Xumen, and Changmen, and on the other side are tall buildings. This project is located on the east bank of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, at the intersection of ancient and modern.
▲lim咖啡，公园与古运河©胡臻宇 Lim cafe, park with ancient canals ©Zhenyu Hu
Lim Coffee Canal Park Store is located in the Canal Park Scenic Area of Suzhou City, which is a rare green space in the middle of urban high-rise buildings in the area. A little architectural design was entrusted by the owner to renovate the exterior facade and interior space of the coffee shop that has been in operation for five years. It aims to create a leisure place that is comfortable physically and mentally and rich in dynamics.
▲lim咖啡，公园与城市高楼©胡臻宇 Lim cafe, parks with city high-rises ©Zhenyu Hu
▲正面夜景效果©徐英达 Frontal night view ©Yingda Xu
The original building is a transformation of the supporting Chinese antique buildings in the park, and the overall architectural style is a traditional double-sloped roof structure with white walls and black tiles. The windows are mainly large glass floor-to-ceiling windows, and the body block is slightly fragmented. Therefore, we re-wrapped and sorted out the original building by introducing a new layer of skin material, and through this new layer of skin, we readjusted the size, position and proportion of each façade window. In order to save the construction budget and do not remove the original floor-to-ceiling glass, the maximum change of the façade is created.
▲建筑原状©徐英达 Original Building ©Yingda Xu
▲正面日景效果©徐英达 Frontal view ©Yingda Xu
In the selection of new materials, we chose sun panels as the new building skin, taking into account the owner’s idea of converting the café into a bar at night. It is light in color during the day, echoing the original sloping roof shape, not obtrusive, and at the same time more textured than ordinary white paint.
▲侧面夜景效果©徐英达 Side facade night view©Yingda Xu
When night falls, the light strip installed between the sun panels and the original wall is turned on, and the entire building is lit up, becoming the focal point in the dark park and attracting crowds.
▲侧面日景效果©徐英达 Side facade day view©Yingda Xu
In the shape design of the front of the building, we removed the three decorative steel columns on the balcony on the second floor of the original building to make the overall shape more simple. At the same time, the newly added sun panel layer wraps the protruding cornice of the original building, and the wall stacks on both sides of the gable surface are all wrapped, and the renewed front façade has a sculptural sense and a stronger sense of mass.
▲入口立面效果 ©徐英达 Entrancy ©Yingda Xu
▲阳光板与红色涂料©胡臻宇 Sun panels with red paint ©Zhenyu Hu
In the design of the façade, in addition to introducing a new sun panel skin, we also used new colors. Through the use of red paint on the first wall surface, the first and second floors of the building façade are visually distinguished.
▲重新上色的室外楼梯和加出的圆形平台©胡臻宇 Repainted outdoor staircase and added circular landing©Zhenyu Hu
▲阳光下的楼梯©胡臻宇 Stairs in the sun ©Zhenyu Hu
The red paint is impressive and takes center stage throughout the park with a patch of greenery and lake water. At the same time, the red color is visually heavier, which sets off the light, floating feeling of the second-story sun panel, making the whole building more distinctive.
▲建筑背面夜景效果©徐英达 Night view on the back of the building©Yingda Xu
▲建筑侧面夜景效果©徐英达 Night view on the side of the building ©Yingda Xu
At night, the whole building becomes a lamp that lights up the park, warming everyone who walks, fits, chats, and drinks in the park.
▲公园里的一盏明灯©胡臻宇 A light in the park ©Zhenyu Hu
项目设计&完成年份：2022.12 – 2023.03
project name: LIM cafe in Yunhe Park
Designer: Someone Studio (Suzhou Youdian Architectural Design Co., Ltd.)
Project Design & Completion Year: 2022.12-2023.03
Main creative design: Yitong Wang, Guijiadong Lin
Project Address:Yunhe Park, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province
Photography copyright: Yingda Xu、Zhenyu Hu
Client: Lim cafe