Basic Coffee in Beijing by Office AIO.
Set within a co-working hub in Beijing’s newly gentrified commercial hub of XianYuKou, Basic Coffee occupies a 30sqm corner lot in a restored historic building. Office AIO aimed to direct focus to the enjoyment of, rather than the making of, coffee. The café layout is determined by sensory experiences, as opposed to attention being drawn to fancy coffee equipment or a showman barista. The design plays on light and obscurity, establishing framed and orchestrated views into the café. A concentric sequence revolves around a concealed coffee making area, wrapped by a perforated aluminium screen. The screen creates vignettes through […]