A Coffee Shop Has Been Designed Within This Old House In Sichuan, China
January 13, 2022
Established in Beijing by Japanese architects Yoko Fujii and Shuhei Aoyama, B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio has recently completed % Arabica, a coffee shop in Chengdu, China.
Located within a historical area, the coffee shop runs alongside Kuanzhai Alley, a renowned busy commercial and cultural area, and was designed to respect the traditional western-Sichuan residential architecture.
The one-entry courtyard house was originally the main room with a courtyard and surrounding rooms on the two sides. The transformation into a coffee shop kept the original design, with the cafe wrapping around the internal courtyard.
The black tile roof is a strong contrast to the interior that features walls of glass, a wood structure, and white accents.
Seating wraps around the glass walls, providing patrons a view of the courtyard.
The structural wood elements and plants add a touch of nature to the light-filled interior.
A more modern design aesthetic has been implemented for the service counter and secondary seating area, with white used to create a clean and minimalist look.