Serpentine cafe by Mizzi Studio will sit beneath undulating metallic canopy

Mizzi Studio has designed a glazed pavilion with a swooping brass-coated roof for a cafe opposite the Serpentine Gallery in London. Artisan coffee brand Collici commissioned the London-based architectural design studio to create the cafe, as well as nine other free-standing coffee kiosks that will be dotted around Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.

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Heritage building in Uruguay houses new bakery and cafe by Pedro Livni Arquitecto

Extending this historic home in the capital of Uruguay has allowed architect Pedro Livni to reconfigure living spaces into a cafe, and place a bakery in the courtyard. La Linda is an artisanal cafe and bakery built within a 1927 garden house in the country’s capital Montevideo. The bakery spaces required did not fit into

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Le House fills An’garden Cafe with plants to create an oasis in bustling Hanoi

Plants, trees and a pond introduce greenery into this cafe in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, designed by local studio Le House as a relaxing place to escape from the city’s busy streets. An’garden Cafe is located in the recently redeveloped Van Quan urban area, which is part of Hanoi’s densely populated Ha Dong district. The building

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Hanoi cafe features indoor waterfalls, koi-carp ponds and an aquaponics vegetable patch

Behind the scalloped facade of the Koi Cafe in Hanoi, Farming Architects has created a fish pond, an indoor waterfall and a rooftop vegetable patch that exists in a self sustaining eco-system. A steel frame has been added to the existing three-storey building in the Vietnamese capital, transforming it into a green oasis for cafe customers with an integrated aquaponics

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RIBA North architecture centre opens on Liverpool’s Mann Island

The new Broadway Malyan-designed RIBA North has opened its doors on the Liverpool Waterfront in northern England, with an exhibition of architectural drawings of unbuilt proposals for the city.  The London-based studio created the Mann Island centre as a space for the public to discover more about architecture through an exhibitions, talks and tours programme, and it also hosts a café and

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Nendo looks to ancient Japanese tombs for first landscape architecture project

Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo has now moved into urban design, unveiling its massive CoFuFun plaza near Kyoto. The plaza – located outside of Tenri Station in Japan’s Nara prefecture – is the studio’s largest architecture project after its renovation of the Siam Discovery shopping centre in Bangkok last year. It is also Nendo’s first

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Gridded glazing frames garden views from NitaProw’s organic beauty shop in Bangkok

Bangkok-based practice NitaProw has used the dismantled structure of a house boat to create this window-covered shop for an organic beauty brand in a lush garden setting in the city. The transparent structure set in Bangkok’s Thonglor district acts as a shop, showroom and 25-seat cafe for the organic health and beauty brand Patom. Its gardens are also

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EKAR Architects designs concrete-block Thailand house for vet and pharmacist siblings

This mixed-used building in Thailand includes the home and work spaces of a pair of siblings, arranged around planted courtyards and perforated concrete-block walls. Bangkok-based Ekar Architects were tasked by the two siblings, one a pharmacist and another a vet, to design a mixed-used building that included homes for their families and spaces for their businesses. Although sharing the Multi-Place building,

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HAO Design converts 1980s townhouse into furniture shop and cafe in Taiwan

A skinny townhouse in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung has been transformed into a brightly lit cafe and furniture store by local studio HAO Design. Located in the city’s Zuoying district, the once dark and compartmentalised property has been transformed by removing internal walls and a disruptive staircase to open up the split-level space. “First we removed the solid

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Layered cladding emphasises stacked arrangement of L’eau Design’s mixed-use block in Seoul

The stacked volumes that make up this multipurpose building in Seoul’s Gangnam district are clad in various materials and diminish in size like the components of a nested Russian doll. The Nonhyun Matryoshka complex was designed by local firm L’eau Design for a site in a residential area of Gangnam, where it is surrounded mostly by buildings of

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Stacked concrete blocks and roof deck give diners sea views from South Korean cafe by IDMM Architects

This coastal cafe in the South Korean city of Gijang comprises a series of enormous concrete volumes that dwarf neighbouring houses, and are stacked and rotated to optimise views of the East China Sea. The Waveon cafe perches high on a hilltop overlooking the rocky shoreline of the area north of South Korea’s second largest city, Busan.

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Aluminium louvres cover curving walls of house and cafe in South Korea

Slanted slats of aluminium cover the irregular, curving form of this house and cafe in Gyeonggi Province designed by South Korean architecture practice AND (+ slideshow). The Seoul-based architects, whose name stands for Architecture of Novel Differentiation, named the project Louverwall after its distinctive cladding. The louvres cover a glazed wall that faces out onto the street in the city More

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Rooftop bridge connects riverside house and roadside cafe in a South Korean valley

South Korean studio Lee Haan Architects has completed a house and cafe connected by a bridge and arranged around courtyards with views of a nearby river and cherry trees (+ slideshow). Two Courtyards House and Bridge 130 Cafe were designed by Yongin City-based Lee Haan Architects for a young couple who chose to give up city living in favour More

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Giuseppe Gurrieri’s Eco bar features tables that fold up from the walls

Wall panels fold up to create tables for this cafe in Sicily, which Italian architect Giuseppe Gurrieri created by converting the old ticket office of a sports arena (+ slideshow). Although originally designed as a ticket office, the shed-like structure had sat derelict for several years, so the local council invited different investors to propose More

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TAKA slots tearooms and toilets beneath brick arches in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Park

TAKA has completed St Patrick’s Park Tearooms, a cafe with bright green window frames that is located beneath the brick arches of a Dublin park originally commissioned by the Guinness family (+ slideshow). Dublin studio TAKA was asked by the city’s council to design a cafe and toilet block to revitalise a pair of disused store rooms on the corner of St Patrick’s Park, located More

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Beige Renegade’s Perth Cafe Hit List

For Beige Renegade, cafes are a second home. Today we share our top Perth cafe haunts Cafe culture has truly…

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Platform_a completes reflective glass and volcanic stone cafe on Jeju island coast

Korean studio Platform_a has completed a cafe with pivoting mirrored-glass doors and volcanic stone walls on Jeju, a volcanic island off the coast of mainland South Korea (+ slideshow). The seaside venue known as Monsant Cafe is located in Aewol, an area bordering a nature reserve and home to a dinosaur theme park. The owner is More

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Prefab blocks used to build cafe at a modular construction factory in the Czech Republic

Chybik+Kristof Associated Architects stacked prefabricated construction modules horizontally and vertically to create this staff cafeteria at the factory where they are produced (+ slideshow). Located on the outskirts of Czech town of Vizovice, the facility provides a showroom for KOMA Modular, a firm that specialises in prefabricated modular construction. Prefabrication involves creating the parts of a building […]

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Kengo Kuma uses a grand staircase to transform a Tokyo warehouse into a shop

A huge staircase interspersed with trees winds up to the entrance of this former Tokyo warehouse that Kengo Kuma and Associates has converted into a lifestyle store and cafe (+ slideshow). Covering an area comparable with the warehouse itself, the timber and steel staircase snakes up from the street to both the lower and upper levels of […]

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Wangstudio’s F Coffee is a Vietnam cafe made up of 24 brick arches

A grid of 24 red brick arches frames the interior of this Vietnam coffee shop by Wangstudio, which sits between a garden and a reflective pool of water (+ slideshow). Named F Coffee, the small brick cafe occupies a site near the airport in Dong Hoi, a city in Quang Binh Province. Related story: Budapest cafe […]

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Warming Huts provide shelter for ice-skaters on Winnipeg’s frozen river

A cafe in a cross-shaped tent, a mirrored hideaway and a pop-up art gallery are among the shelters that architects have dotted along a frozen river in Winnipeg, Canada (+ slideshow). Warming Huts is an annual international design competition for small structures to be installed at The Forks, an area of Winnipeg where the mouths of the Red […]
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Bandesign clads a Japanese cafe in mirrors to reflect a row of cherry trees

A bank of cherry blossoms are mirrored in the reflective gables of this cafe that angles around a smaller tree in Gifu, Japan, by architecture studio Bandesign (+ slideshow). Bandesign designed the cafe, named Mirrors, for a plot by the side of a road on a tourist route. The building has two wings and looks as if it […]

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