Latitude Architectural Group Goes Geometric for CupOne Coffee Shop in Beijing
Entrusted with the design for the 3,300-square-foot CupOne coffee shop in eastern Beijing, the Latitude Architectural Group decided to forgo the usual dark colors and cozy furniture of the traditional java joint. Instead, the Beijing-Madrid based firm looked to geometry.
Triangles form a lattice across the ceiling, and also the legs of the café tables. Both contrast effectively with the soft wave of corrugated aluminum along the walls. “The idea of using the curved shape appeared quickly,” says founder and principal architect Manuel Navarro Zornoza, “due to its smoothness, continuity, and flexibility to create areas with different levels of privacy.”
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The brand’s signature color, a cool white, naturally became the palette. “We were afraid the project would be very flat,” he says, “so the challenge was to use materials with texture, like the graphic design on the walls, to create a sense of depth.”
But it’s all about the product. “The curved shape is also inspired by the coffee cups,” says Zornoza, which certainly gives the space a buzz.
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