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Design Details: Soft Concrete Connections at 1402 Coffee in China

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  • Design Architect: B.L.U.E. Architecture, Shuhei Aoyama, Yoko fujii, Jiaxi Li
  • Client: 1402 Coffee
  • Location: Changli, Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, China
  • Photography by: Zhi Xia

Embracing old and new, indoors and out, 1402 Coffee beckons from the main road on the western entrance to the domestic tourist-heavy Aranya district along the Bohai Sea coast.

While the original red brick exterior of the old building remains, the interior volume features a variety of new forms for functional coffee delivery and seating, while opening through a new glass facade to a reimagined courtyard.

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Taupe pigmented cement further connects interior and exterior elements while providing various spacial relationships for socializing or working.

“The core zone of the box is divided into semi-private seating and spaces with different scales,” B.L.U.E. stated in a project description shared with DCN. “The spatial strategy promises comfortable sense of scale for guests from those who want to be alone to a couple of close friends.”

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Separate from the main bar, a manual pourover bar stands in the center of the earth-like cement box, for quiet enjoyment or communication with baristas. Meanwhile, a platform seating area that extends beyond the shop’s walls further blurs the line between the interior and exterior.

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“We strategically arrange outdoor partition walls with different heights, seating, tables and bar tables to create a sense of spatial enclosure and dynamic layering of space,” the firm stated. “In addition, the light grey exposed aggregate concrete for the exterior floors presents a soft and natural atmosphere of outdoor courtyard.”

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