ROOF/RED COFFEE / YIFEI YAN AND ASSOCIATES
Text description provided by the architects. Hongzhan Oriental Coffee is located in central Tianli Square, Nanshan District, Shenzhen. This is a new type of coffee and dim sum retail store with oriental flavors. Coffee occupies an important place in the daily lives of young people today. Chinese tea culture has a long history, and how to integrate it with “imported culture” has become the focus of this conception. The coffee operation area is under the red sloping roof of the building, simulating the arranged tile sheet. It is a door and a room, creating a space for dynamic dialogue on both sides of the table. It responds to personality traits of both east and west, sleek and strong, composed and shrewd, classic and modern, all in this small place.
Texture and material. The walls inside and outside the building are made of black brick, featuring a gray and bright background, which evokes the unique taste of Guangfu in Lingnan architecture. Counters and cabinets are finished with walnut wood to portray the hazy feel of the Orient with a soft warm tone.
Vision & Color. Cold and rush in the modern city, a refreshing color, there is strong vermilion under the black and brown gray tea, changing the loneliness of the traditional gray tile. From a distance, this Chinese red is particularly bright.
Form and vessel. Eaves for people, bucket cabinet for tea, it is space design around containers. Laozi said, “The clay is shaped into vessels; but it is on their empty void that their use depends. The door and windows are cut into the walls to form an apartment; but it is on the empty space (inside) that its use depends. Therefore, what has a positive existence serves a profitable adaptation, and what does not have a real utility. A cupboard is used to receive tea appliances, simulating the shape of a traditional Chinese medicine cupboard. It also shows how to drink tea the Chinese way. Passing the tea under the gutters idle chatter, and as usual, when life slowed down, to accommodate the daily narrative space is the step to complete the design.