Situated next to a primary school in a residential area, this place was previously a cram school, now turned into a brunch restaurant. Major challenges were being old, uneven floors, tilted and damaged areas. It's a difficult project because the building is triangular. Floors were repaired and the building was thoroughly renovated. Plants were added to enhance the facade to be more welcoming.
Due to its location, the style of the building was a commonly seen Taiwanese low-rise street house with a plain look. With the utilisation of solid wood and concrete, we created a simple but calm exterior. This made the shop blend into the neighborhood, and doesn’t seem odd. We also noticed that the sunlight shines on the shop front without blockages from the surroundings. This provides a great environment for plants life surrounding the building. Our rationale is to grab the attention from passersby and become part of public usage, hence the greenery and retreat area at the facade.
We wanted this restaurant to blend into the neighborhood. At the same time, have a sense of design. Therefore, we underwent a series of transformations by demolishing the original layout, rearranging the triangular shape, and fixing uneven floors. It turned into a space that is easy to use for business. The wooden grille rolls out in oblique, vertical and horizontal directions, and creates a visual effect of extended ceiling. When you look at the restaurant from the outside, you can see concrete exterior walls, large windows, a stainless-steel measuring tape displayed on one side of the wall, and abundance of natural light. These all to create an eye-catching view inviting people to come and enjoy a meal.
We played a trick for the meeting point of the oblique and horizontal grilles to have a neat match. To form the so-called neat match, horizontal grilles requiring as much contact with the ceiling as possible, so to stay firm. At the same time, they need to meet oblique grilles in an angle to maintain the 60-degree tilt. In order to deliver both requirements, we turn them 60 degrees and then cut them into irregular pentagons. Therefore, the neat match is formed and grilles coming from both directions remain visually flat.