Location: Guangzhou, China
Project Year: 2016
Area: 250 m2
Photo: Dirk Weiblen
The project In And Between Boxes was developed by Chinese studio Lukstudio. They have renovated an empty corner in cafe and implemented coworking space design.
From the outside floating aluminum dome connects four different spaces, demarcates an old and new construction at the same time. Three boxes protruding from the interior, making up a holistic facade. Each box has a separate function; cafe, space for brainstorming, meeting room and lounge area.
The following processes thorough spatial thread forming holes and niches within the volume. Large cutouts now connects cafe with an exterior and is framed by the surrounding vegetation. On the inside, white ceiling pockets and wooden niches create a sense of privacy. Entrance to the office is also carved on the edge, to show calm Zen garden, which becomes the center and visually connects the different parts of the office together.
The choice of materials further improves the definition of the spaces. Smooth surfaces such as white walls and mosaic floors dominate the space, acting as a canvas to absorb light and shadow. Brainstorming area lined with polycarbonate panels, which form a thin visual connection between the café and the workplace. Intimate zone is characterized by organic elements; such as continuous timber panels in the brainstorming zone and remnants of an existing brick wall in the lounge.
The combination of culture makeshift cafe with working space, Atelier Peter Fong adapts advanced social model in the local Chinatown. Full conversion of a forgotten area in the destination shows how architectural interventions can strengthen local communities.