Lingnan Tiandi is located in Foshan, Guangdong. It was initially a rich crowded area with a profound historical site in Foshan, Guangdong. In recent years, after repairing and overall developing the historical site, it has become a famous tourist attraction radiating the whole of Guangdong. This project is located in the city-level protected cultural relics unit in Lingnan Tiandi—Li Zhongshengtang, the birthplace of the home medicine “Bao Ji Wan”.
▼项目概览，overview © 李智恒
The client of this project is Foshan’s local coffee brand, GOTLOT Corner Coffee, which has sprung up in recent years. GOTLOT Coffee and Studio COLY jointly designed a corner coffee shop that combines Chinese medicine and coffee culture in such a historical venue.
▼入口，the entrance © 李智恒
Concept of design
▼生成图，generation © Studio COLY
On the east of the site is the former Li Zhongsheng Hall, and The presentation of the history of “”Bao Ji Wan”” is required by the Cultural Heritage Bureau. The original building was a three layers structure. The “”Bao Ji Wan” is located in the historical front hall, the coffee hand-crushing area in the middle, and cultural and creative exhibition in the back. Various cabinets with designated functions are placed along the walls on both sides in each region. A deep walkway is set aside in the middle of the rooms for guests to explore. Finally, the three walking gates with Lingnan characteristics are used to connect the spaces.
layout in a three layers structure © 李智恒
In the historical exhibition hall, we have implanted a traditional “Bai Zi Cabinet” and “Pharmaceutical Cabinet” with customized handles to display the history of Li Zhong sheng tang and the coffee beans from the famous coffee production sites around the world. The two elements of Chinese medicine and coffee are displayed simultaneously through the design.
▼历史展厅部分，historical exhibition hall © 李智恒
▼“百子柜”和“执药柜”，”Bai Zi Cabinet” and “Pharmaceutical Cabinet” © 李智恒
We have planed an artisan coffee area and a coffee bean display area on the east and west sides of the room. At the back of the hand-washing area, we found the original flower patterned glass windows and blue bricks in the house. We designed a hollow-out display cabinet for artefacts, allowing the artefacts to form a dialogue with these unique traditional Lingnan architectural languages.
▼手冲区，cafe & bar © 李智恒
The product area is the deepest in the venue, and we have arranged showcases in this space through the same design language.
▼镂空的器物展柜，a hollow-out display cabinet for artefacts © 李智恒
To the west of the venue is the auxiliary building area. This area is the main sitting area of the GOTLOT corner coffee shop, a coffee shop during the daytime and a bar during the night. Corner Coffee is a professional coffee brand. Every cup of coffee is carefully made, and each cup of coffee requires a lot of space. In the middle of the venue, the main counter is surrounded by seats and wine displays covered by nostalgic iron gates.
▼看向副楼区域，view of the auxiliary building area through the door © 李智恒
▼通向副楼的入口，leading to the auxiliary building area © 李智恒
The iron gate will be closed during the day, and the wine in the iron gate is barely visible. When the venue becomes a bar at night, the iron gate will open, and the wine in the iron gate will be the main visual display.
▼咖啡吧台，the coffee bar © 李智恒
When a modern coffee shop is allocated among the historically protected buildings, it is a considerable challenge for both the clients and designers. The clients need to make rational use of the rooms just a few inches of land to generate sustainable economic value. The designer needs to design the site through strong professional capabilities, excellent design concepts, and renovation strategies to meet the client’s needs. The demand also realizes the social responsibility that the designer should have. In the Lingnan Tiandi project, Corner Coffee and Studio COLY jointly handed in a perfect answer!
▼细部，details © 李智恒
▼平面图，plan © Studio COLY
项目设计 & 完成年份：设计时间：2020年10月-11月；完成年份：2021年2月
Project name: Gotlot Café @ Lingnan Tiandi
Design: Studio COLY
Contact e-mail: Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Design year & Completion Year: 2020.10-11;2021.2
Leader designer & Team: Ray Ou / Jeremy Chan /Tony Lyu / TY
Project location: Foshan, Guangdong
Gross Built Area: 230㎡
Clients: Gotlot Culture