Laihui Cafe

Anson Design brought a new way of thinking to using outdoor elements inside and limiting material use with the unique Laihui Cafe.

  • area / size 1,054 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Location Guangzhou, China,
  • Wang shu said in the book of building a house: space is no longer a three-dimensional aesthetic object created by hallucinatory artistic means such as perspective, but a thing that needs real experience, which can be appropriately called volume volume. It does not want to represent reality or duplicate it, but formalizes the object as a value that fully embraces freedom.

    Compared with others, we hope that the design can be integrated into the urban environment rather than make the city more noisy. The glass doors on both sides use the name of the store “LAIHUI”, and the word “LAI” is used outside of the door to symbolize the welcoming of the guests. The word “HUI” is used inside of the door, represents guests will return home soon when leaving.

    L.shaped bar adds additional use area to form an enclosed space for baristas and customers. This space shows three different materials of the same color to explore the slight changes in the lighting environments of different materials. The aluminum plate of the cabinet, the wallpaper of the wall,the coating of the ceiling and the skin of seat, the three materials in the illumination of the light, create an interesting block relationship.

    Linked with outdoor glass for interior to create a better visual experience, the trunk of three different location arrangement in space, as a dividing line, the space disturb forming richer multi-dimensional spatial relationships, it is not only the partition of the space, also is the visual center of the space, clean aluminum plate and the wallpaper, the trunk with time rings more outstanding.

    Nature is free, and the trunk that is deprived of life should also be free. Let the trunk fit into the space to rejuvenate life. Change is a natural law. Without restraint, it can be free. The space design gives ten abandoned trunks a second life through the space which might bring some thoughts to others.

    Space is no longer a three-dimensional aesthetic object created through illusion art, but a existence that requires a real experience. It does not represent reality, nor does it replicate reality, but treats it as a value that fully embraces freedom.

    It is similar to the state of the woods, but it is not a real forest; consciousness serves the self and changes according to the thoughts of the self. The trunk cuts the space into different tiny forms, which is an experiment of fragmentation of space.

    Mental state is an important factor in determining human consciousness. In the process of spatial remodeling, the pursuit of reality will continue to emerge. The integration and extension of space is one of the ways to break the ideology from a single space, which creating independent thinking can better reflect the value of it.

    Design: Anson Design
    Photography: Wenhan Luo