The project is located downstairs from an old-fashioned self-built house in Nanzhuang， Chancheng. Unkonwn changed the corner of the vacant block into Mostly Cafe， a corner cafe. A gray circular arch cavern breaks the original mundane neighbourhood， creating a tranquil space to attract people.
The exterior of the building uses the same gray texture paint to create a “grey box”， which breaks the new and old boundaries of the self-built house and construct a unified and independent facade. The
façade makes use of the height advantage of space to create a huge circular arch. The arc‘s vault softens the narrow defects of the high-rise corridor， combined with the floor-to-ceiling glass to form a unique landscape position. The top of the building retains its original appearance， contrasting with the gray box.
The LOGO on the store’s facade is brightened as much as possible to attract customers‘ attention. Focus outsiders’ eyes on the interior and stimulate curiosity. The entrance is changed to the right. On one hand， the light enters by entrance， on the other hand， it is to “open the narrow lane”. The shape of the door also matches another concept of our space-“hole”. Make two steps outside to expand the store‘s mass， and at the same time increase the customer’s stay time as a leisure stay area.
The space layout is divided into a bar operation area， a card seat area， a viewing card seat area， and a bathroom according to functional divisions. After adjusting the functional layout， to optimize the smoothness of the customer‘s line of movement， the scattered areas are mainly arranged around the operating area. Highlight the centripetality， and narrow the distance between hand-coffee and consumers.
There is no large entrance to the home， and the area where the light enters is enlarged by using the enlarged window area for viewing. The design of the folding window increases the uniformity of the indoor activity space. The setting of the window brings closer the sense of distance between indoor and outdoor. It does not let the pedestrians share the atmosphere inside the shop， but it is also a “flowing picture”. People outside can also stop and feel.
To create a more comfortable atmosphere， we placed the hand washing area outside. Highlight area requirements with custom brass mirrors. Break the obstacle of the coordination of the bathroom and the overall space area， so that the mirror also becomes a framing frame. The card holder integrates the function of storage and cooperates to solve the problem， which is lack of storage due to limited space .
▲外立面总览，overview of facade
The whole store’s overall tone is mainly light gray， with simple and soft arch lines running through the space. The interior space is mainly matched with gray walls and gray bricks as the background material， and the color tone is more stable and uniform. The lines are softer and more emotionally rational. Soft color tone is green with low saturation， soft linen linen pattern and brass dining chair. With a bit of experimental LED lighting.
Project Name：Mostly Cafe
Design company ：Unknown Design Studio
Design area：30 sqm
Completion time：june 2019 – October 2019
Main material：Stainless steel、Cement paint、Marble