Cafeteria 6 is located in aranya seaside resort community by the coastline of Bohai Sea, China. The project located beneath Quanshe hotel. This underground space is planned as a restaurant opening to aranya property owners and tourists.
There are multiple concrete walls left in the original underground space, and electrical equipments from above Quanshe hotel has completely covered the ceiling. These elements brought the space a harsh and rustic appearance, reminding people of the cold industrialization. YSPACE wishes to expose these original elements, and treat this sense of brutalism and industrialization as a main concept of the interior finishing. On the other hand, YSPACE imagined the overall atmosphere for Cafeteria 6 to be warm and busy. The design team tried to reach a balance in such a ‘contradiction’, which could be existed between calmness and enthusiasm, brutalism and delicateness, rationalism and romanticism.
The interior area of Cafeteria 6 is 2833㎡, the kitchen area is 617㎡, the pick-up area is 150㎡, the service area is 210㎡, and others are dining area for customers. YSPACE utilized the area that has most columns and irregular corners as the kitchen, while the service area spreading to all direction around the whole space. Moreover, the wider space in the middle where lightwells located is designated as customers activity space.
The transition space at the entrance specially marked off storage space for pets keeping, accompanied with humanized vending machine that sells pet snacks and pet-used water dispenser, to be easy to use for customers with pets.
Making use of irregular volumes and shapes in the space, we enclosed a fast food area, and a picking up route in 37m length. The surrounding dining area could accommodate 370 people eating here at the same time.
There are 3 rows of cashier path at the end of picking up circulation, which can satisfy the situation of a 5m long queue waiting for the cashier during the rush hour to avoid traffic jam.
The dining area has been divided into lounge seats and VIP seats. We prefer to supply the property owners of Aranya with those area with more privacy, better scene, and less dining density. There are two condiment bars on the paths in two directions of dining area, for the convenience of customers sitting all around the restaurant. Besides, it efficiently reduces service frequency of the operation.
Influenced by COVID-19, we take more care of meal hygiene and food safety. Therefore, the design team set two hand-washing area at each entrance to Cafeteria 6. One of the hand-washing area connected to lifts of Quanshe hotel is closed to the toilet, which is distant to the one by the escalator. In this case, two hand-washing area can effectively avoid the chaos circulation during the rush hours.
The design team decided to use logged ash wood with comfortable tactility as the main material of furniture, to warm up the interior environment. Cafeteria 6 has been shaped to a creative dining space with cleanness and coziness, by showing people strong contrast between vision and tactility.
Natual daylight sprinkled into underground interior space through 7 glazing patios, gently lighting the green plants growing in. YSPACE utilized the ‘God’s Perspective’ technique in filmset, illustrating people who come to Cafeteria 6 with a unique angle to observe the plants in lightwells. Joyness is endless as the season shifts. Time passes and lighting changes, these enclosed space silently demonstrating their special beauty.
In spring, everything grows, flowers and grass swaying in the gentle spring breeze which took coldness away, patterns of light and mottled shadow pleasure people a lot. During summer, the streamline rain screen falling down along the glass, and the densely tall plants inside the hazy lightwells, provide people sitting in Cafeteria 6 with the most natural shelter. Autumn, the plain daylight sometimes leaking in through the splintery leaves reflects clean and refreshing interior environment. The rustling snow in midwinter floating in the lightwell will become the background scenery painting when people dining around the stove in Cafeteria 6.
The lighting of Cafeteria 6 combines warm and cool lighting source, in order to respond to the ‘contradiction’ that YSPACE would like the whole space to reveal. The space is full of contrast as well as demonstrating rich layer effect. Primary circulation lighting applied 4000k spotlight in cool tone on rail to echo with the steel pipes and exposed air-conditioner boxes on the ceiling, highlighting the cleanness and coolness of the concrete walls.
While the decoration lighting and key lighting for the dinning tables utilized 3500k warm light to visually make people focus on scenarios in short distance, such as the delicious food on the table and natural beauty of people sitting opposite. The relaxing and romantic dining environment is gold plated by the warm light makes people dining there feel comfortable and peaceful. Lighting not only helps shape the atmosphere, at the same time it also causes positive psychological suggestions to people’s moods.
The decoration for the walls mainly applied array technique, enhancing the vision shock to people as well as reducing the costs of furnishing. Glass bottles procured from IKEA and personalized white message board are the most common objects in daily life. However, after array and layout with cautious, these little objects are in hierarchy and full of fun.
When it comes to the choose of arrayed elements, it primarily obeyed the principle of originating to the local culture, as the choose of message board was to emphasize the core concept of ‘community’ in Aranya. Neighbors meet and greet to each other, from children to elders, every one is happy to share as much as what they have got. Cafeteria 6 was designed as a social place for neighbors to gather, interact, and communicate, these message boards hanging on the wall surface supply a new way for these interactions between people.
The inspiration of glass bottles hanging on the wall while comes from drift bottles by the sea. Sand in the bottle was taken from the seaside beach of Aranya, and was filled in the bottle by hands of YSPACE team. Drift bottles thrown into the sea will go somewhere nobody knows, however, in Cafeteria 6, all of wishes and bless will be seen.