101 café / FAR OFFICE


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  • Architects: FAR OFFICE
  • Location: Lao Dong Zhong Lu, Yuhua Qu, Changsha Shi, Hunan Sheng, China
  • Architect In Charge: Giovanni Ferrara
  • Design Team: Victor Cao, Xin Hong, Si Song
  • Area: 172.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Feilin Wang

© Feilin Wang

© Feilin Wang

Text description provided by the architects. The aim was to create an elegant and welcoming space, introducing a personal western/eastern fusion style, combining features from the Southern Italy’s Masseria and South East Asian Countries interiors. The design is tailored on the owner personality, a tasteful lady with the hobby of traveling and the love of coffee. 


© Feilin Wang

© Feilin Wang

© Feilin Wang

© Feilin Wang

The original layout is narrow and mostly developed in length, with a considerably lack of natural illumination in the bottom area. This was a challenge when it came to arrange the space properly. We decided to locate a living room at the bottom of the plot, in the darkest area. We introduced plenty of pendant lamps, dropping from a square bamboo ceiling as the space centerpiece. As result, we changed the weakest point of the plot into the spotlight. That leads customers to sit and find a comfortable place in the otherwise dead area.


© Feilin Wang

© Feilin Wang

Courtesy of FAR OFFICE

Courtesy of FAR OFFICE

© Feilin Wang

© Feilin Wang

The same living room arrangement is displayed from the big glass window of the side room, to the outside. The intent here is to live-stream the “Cafe’ lifestyle” to people passing by. In this part of China, where coffee drinking is still considered not a familiar habit, this works as an effective “shopping window”. It both educates people to the Coffee Culture and invites them to walk inside for a cup of Coffee. 


© Feilin Wang

© Feilin Wang

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