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notebook.cafe

Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

year: 2015
status: completed
type: notebook store & concept cafe
area: 60m2
cost: undisclosed

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Celebrating handwriting is a manifesto to promote slow living in our city where convenience and speed are often the norm.  The owner of Handscript, a shop selling notebooks, has engaged our studio to design his concept store in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong.

With a high ceiling of 4m, the design to the 60m2 notebook.cafe inside a shopping arcade is reimagined as an external in-between space flanked by the walls of adjacent buildings.  External texture wall paint is applied to the existing concrete shell.  A cementitious floor of sand colour is applied to create a seamless surface, reminding subtly the sandy beach nearby.  The glass is further treated to blur the streetscape, and allow natural light flooding into the space.

The arcade shopfront continues and forms a large serving surface inside the shop, as display, as workbench.  The interior space is further divided into different pocket spaces by strategically inserting four white interventions:  a sitting steps where at the top one can peek through a picture frame to the beach, an upside-down flight of steps hanging above another bench, a smaller steps leading to a sitting alcove, and a hanging box for projection.

It is a place where customers can choose their favourite notebook and personify it further while sipping a cup of coffee. 

A place to indulge, a place to take things slowly.  A place to imagine.

 

Design Team: Gabriel Lee, Annette Chu