We design the third coffee shop for Today Cafe, located in Nanjing Innovative Park. By the city wall and the Qinhuai River, the park is a gathering place for creative companies and fashion consumption. Although the Cafe is in the corner of the park, it is a rear garden and a social place for people.
▼园区一角的咖啡馆，the cafe in the park corner © Ingallery
The City Wall
People gradually ignored the place at the foot of the city wall. So we connect the main and secondary entrances so that the city wall can be seen again, forming a transitional space between indoor and outdoor. Even the front bar is elevated, which gives full scope to the spatial mobility. The vertical outdoor space and horizontal interior meet in the coffee operation area, which is the core of the space and the stage for baristas to perform.
▼社交场所，a social place © Ingallery
▼见城墙，the city wall can be seen from interior © Ingallery
The coffee shop used to be poorly designed and decorated, and even had very few seats. However, the guests can get some comfort from the barista Li’s greeting and a cup of old flavor. We hope that the upgraded new shop will allow the regulars to settle down as usual. Old wood floors, lime walls and hand-made wall tiles are the texture of space: natural, naive and timeless. Patterned galvanized plate, crisscross lines stainless steel and rusted I-steel column make the metal no longer bright. Representation of time is a kind of space quality we cherish.
▼主入口，the main entrance © Ingallery
▼流动空间，the spatial mobility © Ingallery
▼咖啡师舞台，barista’s stage © Ingallery
▼拱顶，vault © Ingallery
▼时间性，representation of time © Ingallery
▼镀锌板，galvanized plate © Ingallery
▼旧木地板，old wood floor © Ingallery
▼石灰墙面，lime wall © Ingallery
▼后花园，rear garden© Ingallery
The original building is a factory auxiliary bungalow, which is covered with a waterproof and thermal insulation slope roof. First, we designed a vault to hide the air conditioner. At the same time, it defuses the cold feeling of industry and creates a relaxing feeling of wrapping. Subconsciously, it may be a memory of the city wall arch. Every time the realistic factors can always become the motivation of the design. Instead of taking the initiative to endow the space form, we let everything be what it should be.
▼夜晚，night view © Ingallery
▼图纸，working drawing ©南京悦设空间设计
Project name: Today Cafe
Design company: Yue-Design Space Design Studio
Design period: 2022.3-2022.5
Construction period: 2022.4-2022.5
Leader designer: Chang Chen, Ding Yue
Project location: Innovative Park, Nanjing
Project area: 34㎡
Photo credits: Ingallery
Main material: lime wall, old wood, galvanized plate
Products used in the project: ZESTMAN, Zhenmu, Qiying