BEIGE Café & Bakery / Arch.Lab
Textual content description offered by the architects. Beige, the title, had a number of layers to unfold in its which means, and the design interpretation comes from the essential impartial palette that’s refined, minimalist, and humble. The cafe is positioned alongside the rear entry within the business belt of Chandigarh’s Madhya Marg. Every bay has two zones: an open-to-sky and a structural slab.
A deliberate try has been made to attain a visible continuity between the 2 zones right into a single quantity. This single quantity was envisioned to be like a jungle, the place you’re going to nature, moderately than a tamed model coming to you. The daylit rear portion is the core of the design. It meant nature may thrive right here. A wood coffer ceiling helps break the quantity to a humble top and acts as a brise–soleil to interrupt the solar’s harsh mild and lend a heat hue to the house. This subtle mild lands on the strategically positioned massive planter beds that create sitting zones. A glass wall connects the inside with the ‘outer’ daylit zone.
We saved a minimal strategy for the interiors – a background of concrete wall finishes overlayed with a textured end of indigenous Gwalior stone and gray terrazzo flooring. Custom-made lighting fixtures and light-weight wooden furnishings complement the presence of nature inside the quantity. A continuation of materiality by each volumes achieved seamless unison between the 2 volumes. The lighting follows the theme of transparency and seamless continuity. Funnel-shaped glass lights are customized for the undertaking, a silhouette marking the presence of a lightweight supply however least obstructive within the quantity. A versatile pipe mild fixture flows by the house, making an attempt to create a way of play with its understated bends and turns.
The desk layouts are centered across the planter beds creating privateness. Moreover, a neighborhood desk has been deliberate for company to come back and eat collectively. An uncovered preparation counter beside the neighborhood desk that features a stay barista station and stay chocolate counter permits for visible interplay.
We gave the doorway a welcoming recess that acts as a thermal and visible buffer. A modest concrete facade, minimal signage, a plantation within the recess, and landscaping trace on the affiliation with nature. The general concrete end, the interventions in the direction of daylight, and refined materiality carry ahead hints of Corbusier’s trendy aesthetics molded into modern minimal interiors.