Two Cups by Daipu Architects Design (Beijing) Corporation Co.
Two Cups by Daipu Architects Design (Beijing) Corporation Co. received the 2017 Best of Year award in the Bar/Lounge category. Learn more about Interior Design’s Best of Year awards.
Hiking the trails that loop across the ridges surrounding the metropolis known as the Mountain City, a Yangtze River port that’s become a major destination for Chinese tourists, principal Dai Pu noticed how at ease residents were with the terrain. So Dai decided to channel it through the mountainlike elm shapes that dominate this bar’s 1,100-square-foot interior. CNC-milled based on digital models and assembled on-site, the mini mountains appear to cluster in a picture-perfect range when viewed from outside, through the retractable storefront. Inside, they separate to become functional objects, serving as the bar counter and lounge seating. A patron might perch on a bench, for example, as if nestled between hills.