One day, Kuafu decided to chase and catch the Sun. He followed the Sun from the East to the West, draining the Yellow River and the Wei River (all rivers and lakes crossing his path) to quench his burning thirst. However, the big rivers were also unable to quench his thirst, and as he searched for more water, he eventually died of dehydration. The wooden club he was carrying grew into a vast forest of peach trees called the Deng Forest.
——The Classic of Mountains and Rivers
KWAFOOD Fried Chuan Group has broken through thousands of stores in just two years, and completed three rounds of financing which is about 150 million CNY in this year. The founder Zero has shown extraordinary insight and imagination as the leader of this business, and it’s TOPOS DESIGN’s honor to be invited to develop the community stores in the post-pandemic era for KFCG. After a series of preparations on the site selection, programming, schematic design and construction works, the community store located in East Nanjing Road business circle has finally been opened.
Kuafu is not chasing the sun, but an UFO?
Kuafu, who was originally from Sichuan, and he was good at running and delicious fried skewers. As a cyber celebrity in ancient times, he was famous for the grotesque The Classic of Mountains and Rivers, one of the most known pieces is “Kuafu Chasing the Sun.” The Classic of Mountains and Rivers is an extremely magical text about the cognitive narration of ancient Chinese ancestors’ real life. However, we prefer another very imaginative analysis of Kuafu’s story： In ancient times, Kuafu was an alien who visited the Earth, and he was chasing an alien spaceship that looks like the sun. The combination of ancient fantasy and the full sense of postmodern painting has become the inspiration of this design.
▲概念示意图 conceptual diagram
Yes! Our mission is the oceans and stars!
Kuafu, an ancient god who came from the Eastern myth, has landed on the magical city – Shanghai and he will become an urban spectacle which is full of miraculous realism.
▲空间站与街道 space station and the street
KFCG Space Station is adjacent to Nanjing East Road, with its diversities on business formats and large flow of people, it has an unusual pedestrian scale under the huge urban structure. The site is 10 meters long and 8 meters wide. It is a street shop on the ground floor with an independent entrance. As a secondary street, the existing interface between shops and the street is enclosed, and they are hard to catch visitors’ attention. At the beginning of the design, we decided to open up the interface of the site, blurring the sense of boundary between interior space and exterior space, and bring visitors into the space station softly. In the vast universe, nobody knows what will surprise you in the next moment.
▲主入口 the main entrance
▲外观细节 details of the appearance
▲入口灯箱 entrance light box
▲空间站与建筑 space station and the building
Light boxes are not only used for illumination, they can also be a connection between imagination and real life. The three dimensional yellow capsule shop is like a time-space switch button to start a journey to KFCG Space Station. The animated language symbolized Kuafu’s friendly gesture to carbon-based creatures. We excavated the architectural characters of the site, wrapped exposed load-bearing columns with glass capsules and used the installation window as the visual center of the facade. And the rough concrete column with bare texture acts as a culture medium which is made from the planet’s native soil, and imprisoned by glass enclosures to foster silicon-based life forms.
▲室内橱窗 indoor show window
▲橱窗细节 details of the show window
A great space station must be used efficiently and intensively. The space station is surrounding the capsule on the central island, where all equipment and staff are placed. The interface of the capsule with oval shaped glass windows creates a transparent and bright scene. In addition, the use of a large area of matte stainless steel gives the station a pure and delicate sense of future technology, and forms a strong contrast with the colorful bazaar. Besides, we placed the kitchen area and bathroom at the back of the space, with mirrored stainless steel to form a partition. And through the mirrored stainless steel wall, the consumers’ space is completely pure, and the amplification of visual senses generates a visual illusion.
▲中岛厨房 island kitchen
▲座位区看向入口 looking at the entrance from the seating area
The space station travels through the universe, skimming over the surface of planets. Instead of using stainless steel only, we covered both sides of the station’s walls, which is the seating area, with red rock with a hot and coarse tone. In this way, the contrast between organic nature and geometric artificiality creates a conflict either visually or sensory. Soft outfit with timeless classic aluminum navy chairs is filled with cyberpunk immediacy in full metal casing. The design of the ceiling is inspired by planetary elements in the universe. The capsule is surrounded by a continuation of the engraving of the orbit, and scattered with glowing stars. Apart from that, we also insert illuminating planets into the rock walls, so that the two-dimensional ceiling is extended into the three-dimensional space.
▲仿岩石墙 rock-like wall
▲座位区 seating area
▲站立式吧台看向入口 looking at the entrance from the interior
There is only one real world, but imagination is endless.
▲空间站清晨 space station in the morning
▲空间站傍晚 space station in the evening
KFCG is not only selling delicious fried skewers, but also delivering warmth and an infinite imagination of beautiful life to people who are full of energy every day. In The Classic of Mountains and Rivers, Kuafu sustains the ancient ancestors’ aspiration to explore nature, and to conquer the world with a strong will. In the design of KFCG Space Station, we reconstructed the space narrative for KFCG, and put a parallel world of different dimensions into the town which is full of Shanghai style, just like mapping the space station on the modern city on the Earth. The civilization of the Kuafu Planet is ready to launch from this station.
▲爆炸图 exploded diagram
From ancient times to the future, the development of human civilizations will never stop. And there is only one real world, but imagination is endless.
Project name：KFCG SPACE STATION, East Nanjing Road Community Store
Design Firm：TOPOS DESIGN
Principle Architect：LIN Chen
Project Architect：FENG Zixiang
Design Team：WANG Lei, XU Zijie, GUO Zixuan, JIANG Yelei
Project location：Shanghai, China
Gross Built Area (square meters)：80m²
Photo credits：ZHU Runzi
The construction side：Suzhou Jizao Material Technology Co., LTD
The lighting consultant：Shanghai Jiju Lighting Technology Co., LTD
Clients：KWAFOOD FRIED CHUAN GROUP
Materials：matte stainless steel, mirror stainless steel, acrylic plastic light box, black slate floor tile, rock-like wall
Design year & Completion Year：2021.07 to 2021.09
Construction year & Completion Year：2021.09 to 2021.11