薄荷花园酒吧位于河北省邯郸市丛台路，是精酿啤酒品牌URBREW的直营酒吧，经营范围为啤酒、鸡尾酒和西餐。委托方对于设计的最主要要求便是：简单，less is more；酷，有质感。
The Mint Garden Bar is located on Congtai Rd. Handan, Hebei Province, PRC. It is directly run by the draft beer brand URBREW, which is also engaged in business of cocktail and western food. The design requirements of the work include simplicity, “less is more”, cool and texture.
The original site is a two-storey high architecture. The layer height of the first floor is 5 meters while the second is 4.2 meters and the bar is allocated on the first floor. After confirmed the basic functions of the space, we decided to treat the kitchen, restroom, office, independent party room and VIP room as separated entities and intersperse them in the entire space. And part of the second floor is removed in order to construct an extra three-storey section inside of the building.
According to the analysis of the space atmosphere of the bar, we assorted the space atmosphere into six levels by decibel (from high to low): the independent party room, the stage, the bar counter, the shared long table, the relaxing leisure seats and the quiet booths. After the basic arrangement of the entities, we received an area full of sense of space and the six space atmospheres are inserted along with specific practical needs, which assembled the final space for the bar.
The entrance design of the bar adopted an open format, which simply uses a semicircle concrete structure to stand out the metal-textured wine rack. To the left of the door, it is the area of the leisure seats and the embedded beer rack. The arrangement of the leaisure seats area-small tables sided with sofa-echoes the arc structure in space distantly.
The restroom is located in an enclosed space behind the beer rack. The stage area can be seen from the side of the beer rack. And the cubicles (steel structure with suspended columns) of the private booths are fixed in the air. The stage area is allocated in the west of the architecture, looking the street view. The exterior wall on the side of the stage is replaced with glass curtain wall. And the stage is the second noisiest area beside the independent party room.
On the right side of the entrance is the shared long table area, where the strangers can enjoy a social time with their drink. The private booths area is located under the suspended metal cubicle(VIP room). The seating format in the private booths area is small tables sided with sofa as well. And it is the quietest area in the bar. The metal stairs in the east lead to the mezzanine of the three-storey area (the independent party room), where owns an independent bar counter and DJ stage and it is a separated mini-world in the bar.
We reformed the exterior façades of the architecture: the main exterior walls are covered by black aluminum boards and the west wall on the side of the stage is replaced with whole glass curtain wall. The open area at the entrance is finished with a wooden folding door, which can switch the state of the entrance area from enclosed to open according to the weather conditions.
Project: Mint Garden Bar
Project location: Handan, Hebei Province, PRC
Project area: 627 ㎡(interior), 302 ㎡(exterior)
Architecture design: Hou Tiantian, Li Cheng, Liu Xiaolu
Lighting design: Ling Junpan
Structure consultant: Liu Su
Photography: Liu Wei
Design period: June, 2018 to Sep, 2018
Construction period: Sep, 2018 to Jan, 2019
Main materials: paint flower (an innovative concrete wall texturizing method), imitation copper stainless steel, terrazzo floor tile