Situated one meter below the street level, the Café la Miell by Suppose Design Office allows you to see by standers admiring the solid concrete architecture. It also lets the café utilize the basement fully and hence, the slanting roof is worked out with shingle lining it on the exterior.
Project: Cafe la Miell
Location: Ehime Prefecture, Niihama, Japan
Architects: Suppose Design Office – http://www.suppose.jp/
From The Designer :
The Designer think that hidden within what at first glance can appear to be an unfavorable building site are the keys that will dictate construction
Cafe La Miell, Located in the heart of Niihama City in Ehime prefecture, was unable to accommodate large numbers of customer with its seating capacity, so plans were made to open up a new cafe across the street that would be able to sear eighty.
When the designer first visited the site the designer were surprised to find that it was very unique cafe with its own deep rooted culture, attracting customers of all ages, and used by people in the area as an meeting place even late into the night. The client wanted a two story building, to have more parking and allow for places within the cafe with many different personalities, but more than that they wanted to be a landmark in area.
During planning the designer looked at many different cafes in Ehime prefecture, but generally with two floor cafes. The designer found that customers were seated by the staff on the first floor, and the second floor would only be used if the first floor filled up.
The designer proposed to use the fact that the site was one meter lower than the street level, and rather than a two story cafe, make a split level with floors at the building’s own base level and street level, that would be able to accommodate many different situation and staff directive.
The designer placed beams in a rhythmic way that followed the two levels and held them up with steel and concrete posts spread out so that none are superfuoius, creating a kind of dialogue between space and structure. Outside, pebbles are spread out on the beam slabs to match the landscaping, and the distinctive shape and natural materials appeal to a wide range of customers.
Furthermore to fit the special quality of the cafe, the designer cut ninety millimeters off of the usual concrete mold and paneled it, changing the hard and cold feeling that concrete gives into something more warm and inviting. In This way, by conscientiously managing the relation between beams and posts, and the relation between the awkward site and the building, the designer think the designer created a unique architecture that is appropriate to the business. A few month have passe
[Via - Contemporist.com]