Boutique Design - May 2017 - 14
CHINESE TOWER'S COFFEE SHOP SERVES UP AN OUTDOOR/INDOOR FEEL
CUPONE is not a typical corporate-lobby coffee shop. Set within a
Beijing skyscraper that's home to BMW China, SODA Architecture
founding partners Jiang Yuan and Song Chen sought to evoke mountains and rivers in the caffeine-refueling hotspot's two interconnected
spaces. The "mountain" part of CUPONE is an open space on the lobby
floor (left), while the "rivers" part is an enclosed cafe (right).
To create the feel of a hilly terrain in the lobby, the designers
installed an undulating set of 300 vertical stainless-steel pipes bearing
a champagne-hued sheen on their exterior sides. "That exterior
provides reflection, forming a dynamic 3D visual filter," says Jiang.
"Thus, the color and pattern on each leaf changes continuously with
every move, posture and variation on the clothing of both patrons and
The enclosed dining space is dominated by peacock blue walls and
an overhead installation of more than 1,000 white acrylic panels
designed to evoke a moving stream of water. The overall result, Song
says, is an "experience that allows visitors to forget about the monotonous work environments that often dominate office buildings like this."
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