C2 Cafe & Bar by Various Associates
Designed by Various Associates, C2 Cafe & Bar is a place to socialize and obtain inner peace in an urban environment.
C2 Cafe & Bar is not simply a socializing space. The client hopes it will become a “private” destination where young urbanites can shake off pressures, troubles, and obtain inner peace.
With a limited area of 75 meters, the site has to accommodate multiple functional areas, including a kitchen, a bar counter, a public seating area, and an independent private room. As approaching the design, Various Associates firstly tried to figure out how to create a unique, distinctive, and exquisite space while meeting the demands of a functional layout.
The client hoped the project could be based in different corners throughout the city and provide an urban “holiday cabin” to the community. Besides, a relaxing and intimate atmosphere was required. Taking “Cabin in City” as the design thread, Various Associates conceived an isolated, delicate and distinctive wooden cabin in the concrete jungle.
Cross-sections of cylinders can be seen everywhere in the space. Those details soften the hard edges, remove the coolness of the modern city, and produce a peaceful, cozy spatial ambiance. In this space, people are able to take off all pressures and return to a serene state.
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The ceiling features a unique slanting structure, which helps integrate the interior and outdoor space. The interior space is not merely a flat view but is more like an artwork enveloped by an exquisite framework, waiting for passers-by to explore.
The silver oval art installation hanging in the space not only breaks the fixed, conventional pattern of the space, but also injects a futurist feeling into it. The mirror-like surface reflects the surroundings and shows a micro world.
For Various Associates, this project is a new attempt. The studio hopes it breaks the boundaries between cafe and bar, gets intimate with the community via a popular appearance, and hence brings people closer together. Through the project, Various Associates explored the possibilities of getting close to the community via design, with a view to conveying the concept “Design is Life”.
With an intimate, simplistic, and cabin-like ambiance, C2 Cafe & Bar offers a novel destination to the neighborhood and young urbanites who are living a fast-paced life.
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