Situated on Yunji Street, Shenyang, Fatface coffee by Baicai Design embodies the brand values of a niche specialty coffee shop with an unrelenting pursuit for quality and attitude.
The project is located on a small street full of greenery. The original building is a one-story extension at the corner of two old-fashioned residential buildings. The gross floor area is 50 square meters.
"We hope to reflect the spirit of rebellion from both the exterior and the interior. Filling a small space to the brim, no design is accidental. We retained the original wall, and built a new volume from the inside as the store. Visually, the building itself manifests as a growing force and presents as if an instantaneous state for when it reaches the surrounding wall. It dialogues with its surroundings playing a role as a harmonious conflict.
The rebellion of the interior space is reflected in its flexibility, employing simplicity against complexity. The logic of the floor plan allows us to easily dismantle, reassemble and adjust the space to serve diverse functions with a solid foundation. Most importantly, it is a space that promotes interaction and communication. In order to push the space to express itself to the fullest extent, we kept minimal decorations, leaving only plain beige walls, letting the compositional relationships in the space stand out. The minimalist design highlights the sloping windows, drawing your eyes’ attention to the contrasting image of the old building and the sky outside. At the same time, the accompanying light and shadow naturally brings out and enhances the beauty in all our materials and details".
Words provided by Baicai Design.