1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian Café Building Photos, Gulangyu Store, Modern Chinese Architecture

1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian

18 June 2022


Location: Dadeji Bathing Beach, Shengqi Mountain, Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, Fujian, China

1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian: Gulangyu store

Photos by Liu Xinghao, Yan Yu Architectural Space Photography, Yu Vision

1/2 Coffee & Bar in Xiamen, China

In 2018, a new cafe named 1/2 opened in Xiamen. In the past 4 years, it has developed into a coffee brand integrating coffee, inn, and customization. During the rapid development period, it plans to launch branches in Xiamen and surrounding islands. CUN PANDA NANA received this design commission. The client expects to create a composite space in Gulangyu that is more in line with the surrounding natural environment and more suitable for local architecture.

1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian: Gulangyu store

A marine garden, a living museum of world architecture, a city of world heritage…these are the various annotations people give to Gulangyu, most of which show people’s fantasies and yearning for this small isolated island. As designers, Cai Xuanna and Lin Jiacheng are also expecting that in the future 1/2 Coffee & Bar (Gulangyu Store) will become one of the unique annotations of Gulangyu.

1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian: Gulangyu store

Designers Cai Xunna and Lin Jiacheng start from the brand concept of 1/2 Coffee & Bar that an interesting life is half of mountains, rivers, lakes, and seas. Based on nature, the interior design organically combines the characteristics of the island and responds to the brand’s ambition with a diverse and composite space.

Located in Dadeji Bathing Beach on Shengqi Mountain of Gulangyu Island, the original structure of the project was part of the 19th-century building of Deji Company, which is a dome building with a natural sea view. The round architectural lines appear natural and harmonious next to the Dadeji Beach on Gulangyu Island.

1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian: Gulangyu store

A simplified veranda architectural style is adopted to retain a large proportion of the original architectural form. The small-leaf ficus commonly seen on the island grows indoors in another way, where the main steel structures look like tree trunks, growing around the space and stretching out a broad “canopy” covering the ceiling, to create shadows and a shelter from the sun and rain in the humid, hot, and rainy subtropical region. It also creates an unseen space for ventilation and heat dissipation.

Layers of leaves on the canopy form shadowy lights under the illumination of the “sunshine”, projected on the ground. In the 1/2 Coffee & Bar, light strips are embedded in the gaps between the “twigs and trees” on the top, full of leisurely fun.

1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian: Gulangyu store

When night falls, the surrounding is gradually wrapped in darkness, and the 1/2 Coffee & Bar shows its second identity. The gentle daytime forest sparks under the modern neon light. Whether it’s the 1/2 logo, the “trunk”, or the “shade” big or small, they all have a bolder and modern appearance appealing to nightlife lovers.

The gradually mature design skill is something to be commended. However, it is also necessary to avoid the stereotypes of strong vision and atmosphere. Giving a new entry point for the new generation of designers, designer Lin Jiacheng starts from the urban context, history and culture, and natural resources to create a spatial memory for 1/2 Coffee & Bar that belongs to Gulangyu Island.

1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian: Gulangyu store

1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian, China – Building Information

Project Name: 1/2 Coffee & Bar (Gulangyu Store)
Location: Xiamen, Fujian, China
Area: 250 ㎡
Chief Designer: Cai Xuanna, Lin Jiacheng
Design Company: CUN PANDA NANA Team
Website: www.cunpanda.com

Design Time: 2021.02
Completion Time: 2021.11
Lighting Design: Vidlux&Crisman
Photography: Liu Xinghao, Yan Yu Architectural Space Photography, Yu Vision
Text/Image: CUN PANDA NANA Team
Editor/Typesetting: CUN

1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian plan


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1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian: Gulangyu store






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1/2 Coffee & Bar Xiamen, Fujian Gulangyu Store, China images / information received 170622 from CUN PANDA NANA Team

Location: Dadeji Bathing Beach, Shengqi Mountain, Gulangyu Island, Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China

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