Le Pont (Multifunctional Cafe) by TAKUJI KAMIO
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner
The design was initially inspired by a phrase concerning about bridges; people have built too many walls but not enough bridges. From the inspiration of the phrase, Kamiodesign considered how to connect each space and customers physically, visually, and meaningfully, while putting a huge triangle void in the middle of the space. Also They considered to make a place where people can naturally share. The sequence of spaces was the most important key factor for the design.
At the entrance, visitors may find a white bridge and staircases in the void. The all contents such as bakery, lounge, coffee bar, and restaurant, are placed and connected to each other by surrounding the bridge and staircases. Not dividing the areas to smaller, but Kamiodesign arranged seating layouts and provided an open space through the 1st & 2nd floors. Spontaneous communications may occur between the guests by facing to each other. This is a place to connect and to share.
Design Challenges
The most challenging part of the project was the cost control and the selection of materials. Kamiodesign used many rough materials such as concrete to make some cost down. At the same time, they also used many graphical aspects, such as curving shaped stickers on windows, to keep elegancy. The steel works, such as stainless steel liners on walls, were very effective to make a space more dramatic and graceful even though they used the rough materials.
Production Technology
Used main materials are concrete with stainless liners, steel, wood finish, and the glass with graphic pattern stickers.
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