Blue Bottle Coffee Qiantan references Shanghai’s brick architecture

Architect Keiji Ashizawa has created a Blue Bottle Coffee shop in Shanghai‘s Qiantan area with a glazed facade and interiors in a hue that nods to the city’s brick buildings.

Located next to a park in the recently developed Qiantan area, Ashizawa designed the oval-shaped cafe to reference its immediate surroundings.

His studio removed the floor slabs from the first floor of the building, creating a double-height space with an atrium-like feeling for the ground floor of the cafe that would have a connection to the surrounding park.

Exterior of Shanghai cafe
Blue Bottle Coffee Qiantan is located in a newly developed area

“In rainy Shanghai, we wanted to provide a place where people could enjoy the park even on rainy days,” Ashizawa told Dezeen.

“Also, looking at the overall plan of the park, I thought that a rich interior space was required,” he continued.

“The result is seen as a greenhouse, like those found in botanical gardens. I thought that adding a new story to the park would increase its enjoyment.”

Stairway inside Blue Bottle Coffee Qiantan
It features a double-height space and a central staircase

From the ground floor, a long stairway leads down to the cafe’s basement level, which houses the main coffee counter.

The staircase in Blue Bottle Coffee Qiantan was designed to reference the colour of soil and have a cave-like feeling.

“We decided to create a cave-like space for visitors to appreciate the long stairway down to the basement, creating an experience that is like crawling through the earth in the park,” the studio said.

Coffee counter at Blue Bottle Coffee Qiantan
A coffee counter in the basement has a colour reminiscent of bricks

It also evokes the colour of red bricks, which are commonly used for Shanghai architecture. The same hue was used for the coffee counter and for a tall central wall.

“Shanghai’s brick architecture in the old city is a strong contrast to the architecture of modern Shanghai, and it leaves a very strong impression on the eye,” Ashizawa said.

“We wanted to preserve some of Shanghai’s image in this newly developed location and architecture,” he added.

“At the same time, since the cafe is located in a park, I wanted to create a sense of unity by using the image of earth in the architecture.”

Downstairs in Shanghai coffee shop
Keiji Ashizawa used wooden furniture throughout the space

On the ground floor, pale-wood stools are gathered around circular grey tables.

Downstairs, Ashizawa clad the walls in greige microcement and added wooden chairs, tables and counters.

Microcement wall in Blue Bottle Coffe Qiantan
The walls are clad in microcement

Large trees decorate both the basement and the ground floor, adding to the cafe’s botanical atmosphere.

“The goal was to create a connection between the outside and the inside, with a natural form similar to that of the outdoor trees,” Ashizawa said.

Atrium of coffee shop in Qiantan
Large indoor trees connect the cafe with the park outside

Wooden benches also offer visitors the option to drink their coffee outside in the park.

Ashizawa has designed numerous other Blue Bottle Coffee shops, including one in a Kobu department store and another Shanghai outpost that was decorated with Chinese roof tiles.

The photography is by Jonathan Leijonhufvud.

Project credits: 

Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Project architect: Keiji Ashizawa / Chaoyen Wu
Lighting Design: Aurora / Yoshiki Ichikawa
Landscape Design: Hashiuchi Garden Design / Hashiuchi Tomoya

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