Modernisation alternates how people explicate today’s business. The internet rating system opens the door to a whole new aspect of the business model. Businesses like a café can now move into a cozy, relatively remote residential area from a business district. Small business is now relocated, our urban area is rezoned, the needs are redistributed, and the marketing strategy is therefore altered. Tailor-made business is designed for the neighbourhood and the local residents. Customisation is now the driving force behind small business success.

▼项目外观,external view © 李國民空間影像事務所


A Path to Taiwan’s Lifestyle


Taiwan’s alleys might be disordered at times yet the beauty of it is that they’re exactly where you find genuine street foods and observe real life from real folks. There are always people renovating their households out of necessity. Gradually, the street scenes have changed. Wandering inside of the shining windows are old-fashioned values that will always remain the same. The project café minami is amid a rumpled motorbike shop and a computer repair shop. The location suggests a disarranged feel of the old days. A contrasting location with what we have in mind for this particular project. Thankfully, we manage to turn this contrast into a characteristic combining a unique business model and their distinctive artistic style. Café minami creates a welcoming space akin to those shops back in Taiwan’s agrarian society days, connecting the community with hospitality. There’s plenty of traditional street foods on the menu besides modern-day drinks. The curious coalescence invites imagination. The imagination of the space, characteristics of culture, and the materials reminding people of the good old days. Deliberately designing an indoor food kiosk makes perfect sense.

▼入口立面倾斜三十度,entrance facade with a 30- degree angle © 李國民空間影像事務所


Renovation and Innovation


This project starts with renovation. We knock off the damp walls and put on new tiles to avoid walls from further dampening. There’s no need to partition the space. A decent renovation would do the job. With the help of traditional carpentry and carefully selected materials, we get our wooden muntin in style.

▼入口区域,entrance area © 李國民空間影像事務所

▼不同材质混合,mixing of different materials © 李國民空間影像事務所


We remove the aluminium frames from the original french window and design a bar that feels like a food kiosk indoors — a kiosk in a shop. A 30- degree angle between the bar and the now-removed french window is very visually intense and creates an optical illusion. Applying open space design to this 30-degree condition gives you an extraordinary space featuring a collage of visions turning long-established glamour into the avant-garde.

▼屋中屋,food kiosk indoors © 李國民空間影像事務所

▼摊贩式的吧台区,vendor-style bar area © 李國民空間影像事務所

▼吧台特写,close-up of the bar © 李國民空間影像事務所

▼用餐区,dining area © 李國民空間影像事務所


The Tin House Aesthetics


Tin houses vividly represent Taiwan. Tinplate is a type of architectural material that is inexpensive, durable, and thus vastly used in rooftop constructions and traditional markets. Other materials such as PVC boards, black iron materials, galvanised pipes, exposed screws, mosaic walls, and inaccurate welding are all very common parts of tin houses. That’s Taiwanese aesthetics.

▼夜景,night view © 李國民空間影像事務所

▼铁皮屋,tinplate house © 李國民空間影像事務所


The renovation itself is an application of continuation. The original rain canopies are PVC boards. While keeping the steel structure, we tile the uneven surfaces creating a graphic image of vertical and horizontal lines like Piet Mondrian’s work. A shout-out to avant-garde originates in a seemingly inattentive collage of carefully selected tiles deliberately generates a cultural symbol of old-time recollection. What’s important is that we’re against the retro approach to interior design. By interlacing innovation with feelings, we construct a ‘modern era’ of our time that might be remembered sometime in the future.

▼平面图,floor plan © 開物設計

项目名称:小南通咖啡 café minami
主创及设计团队:楊竣淞、 羅尤呈
建筑面积:90 米平方
客户:小南通咖啡 café minami