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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Underline Café in Hangzhou, China by LYCS Architecture

 
April 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LYCS Architecture

Choosing a suitable office is the first challenge that many entrepreneurial firms may come up with. Usually a micro entrepreneurial firm needs flexible space to accommodate uncertain staff. On one hand, renting a large office space in one step will tremendously add the newly established firms’ financial burden; On the other hand, if the company rents a relatively small office space, it may turn out to be too crowed when the company grows. What’s worse, there may be no space for meeting room, reception room and some other programs. What exactly should the entrepreneurs do to find their office ?

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

  • Architects: LYCS Architecture
  • Project: Underline Café
  • Location: Hangzhou, China
  • Design Team: RUAN Hao, HE Yulou, JIN Cheng, FU Li
  • Size: 240sqm
  • Project Date: 2014 (Design)  2015 (Construction+Completion)

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Underline is a multi-functional cafe which is designed and invested by LYCS Architecture. The project is located in the Eastern Software Park where lies in the center of Hangzhou. Although surrounded by highly-rent office buildings, there is no public space for communication or meeting in this area. To meet the companies’ needs of working, meeting and communicating, Underline could be changed immediately from a single-function cafe into a cafe + meeting room or cafe + office room through free combinations of its interior spaces .

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Instead of over-decorated design, the designers created a peaceful atmosphere for the cafe in a modern and concise way. The facade of the cafe is made of all-glass windows with chessboard-like black frames. The concrete walls above the facade are set with the LED logo of ‘underline’. The design is quite simple but ingeniously fits into the surrounding environment.

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

In order to bring out a vivid effect, the designers decorated the large-scale black wall   with relaxing and humorous painting.

The inner space is clean and tidy. Rows of Bookcases on the wall are made of wooden boards and metal sheets. Wooden tables with gray sofas are both comfortable and user-friendly.

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Elegant and different-height chairs in the middle of the dinning area bring lively elements into this friendly place. All the books on the shelves are put away backward. This setting brings orderliness to inner space, provides the customers surprises when they pick up one book as well.

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Within the entirely bright-colored space, the black bar counter appears very outstanding in stark contrast with the dinning space.

Exposed ceiling makes the cafe look higher, and also provides more possibility of the multi-functional configuration.

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Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Freely moving clapboards provide more possibilities for the space. With different combinations of clapboards, the whole big space is easily divided into four small spaces. At the same time, free combination of four small spaces also meet different functional requirements.

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Users can change the cafe into a classroom, an office room or a meeting room in one minute. Besides of space division, the clapboards can also turn into tools for creativity. People can write and draw on the clapboards, or use them as blackboards for lessons or brainstorming.

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

In spite of common usage for office, Underline can house various activities with its freely changeable inner space. These activities include road shows, movie screening, banquet  commercial party,etc. Besides, more ways of its space usage are going to be found out by the users. Thus, in Underline, users can costomized design thier exculsive space in a relative lower cost.

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

Image Courtesy © LYCS Architecture

About LYCS Architecture

LYCS Architecture, is an international practice based in Hangzhou and Hong Kong. As one of the most well-know new architecture and interior design office in China, the firm engages in cutting-edge architectural design as a pioneer of cultural and creative industries in China and internationally. The firm is committed to both the ever-evolving demands of architectural and urban design theory and practice as a function of our society. We are invested in the critical issues of building design, urban development, and construction in China, and the design demands that an innovative design synthesis requires for international quality.

LYCS Architecture’s design works has been acknowledged by media and press worldwide, including New York Times, TIME, Forbes, China CCTV, China Daily etc. LYCS’s has received numerous design awards internationally, including “2015 A+Awards ‘Jury Winner’ and ‘Popular Choice Winner’” , “2015 INNOVATORS 50”, “Forbes China 30-Under-30“, “50 under 50, 21st Century Innovators“, “Architectural Society of China – Young Designers Prize”, ”2014 A+Award ‘Jury Winner’” , 2013 Chinese Architectural Art ‘Young Designers Prize’, the Azure Magazine’s 2011 AZ “People’s Choice” Award, 2010 French CA’ASI “New Chinese Architectural Design Award”, to name a few. LYCS’s work was exhibtied in world-class exhibitions such as 2015 & 2014 Milan Design Week, 2014 Beijing Design Week, 2013 Design Shanghai Exhibition, and the 11th,12th,14th la Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy.

This 40-people firm is currently developing designs that range from offices to residential, retail to cultural, and civic to masterplanning. These projects are located throughout China and America, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Sanya, and others. The team has breadth and depth working with such architectural firms as SHoP, Preston Scott Cohen, and Reiser+Umemoto in the United States, Bjarke Ingels Group in Denmark and Kengo Kuma & Associates in Japan, where they accumulated a wealth of practical experience.

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