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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.

CAFE ZERO in Punjab, India by Studio Ardete

 
November 3rd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Ardete

Designed for the staff of a pharmaceutical factory in a remote location of Punjab, Café Zero came into existence as a purely need- based space. With very limited access to eateries and cafes, the workers required a space where they could have their meals in a comfortable atmosphere.

An old factory warehouse was chosen for the purpose of setting up the café; the only challenge was the budget.

Situated in an old warehouse, the café uses salvaged materials and furniture to minimize costs, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Situated in an old warehouse, the café uses salvaged materials and furniture to minimize costs, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

  • Architects: Studio Ardete
  • Project: CAFE ZERO
  • Location: Ropar, Punjab, India
  • Photography: Purnesh Dev Nikhanj
  • Designer: Badrinath Kaleru
  • Area: 1340 Sqft

The colour palette is somber using beiges, browns and whites, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The colour palette is somber using beiges, browns and whites, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

There was no allocated budget for the space. This was the critical parameter that defined the way the interiors were shaped.

Recycling some and adjudging the re-usability of others, materials were scavenged from the administrative building, being built for the same factory. The entire design was set up, fabricated and erected by the workers of the factory after their work shift. Furniture and window blinds were salvaged from an old training center, due for renovation, minimizing cost.

False ceiling and flooring are used to distinguish areas within the café , Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

False ceiling and flooring are used to distinguish areas within the café , Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The furniture is borrowed from a training room to be renovated, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The furniture is borrowed from a training room to be renovated, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The interiors were designed to be organic to make the most of the array of different materials. Left over ply boards were converted into screens and partitions; steel bars were interpreted as suspended ceiling elements. Visual connectivity was considered important and achieved via solid and void separator forming a background to the high table with bar stools.

The cafeteria also acts as a break out space for informal meetings and discussion of ideas. Executed by the workers, within a tight budget, it was named Café Zero by staff.

A high table with red bar stools adds a splash of colour to the warm toned interiors, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

A high table with red bar stools adds a splash of colour to the warm toned interiors, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The ceiling is dark grey to contrast with the lighter floor and walls, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The ceiling is dark grey to contrast with the lighter floor and walls, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Left over steel bars are used as ceiling elements to add a whimsical twist to the interiors, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Left over steel bars are used as ceiling elements to add a whimsical twist to the interiors, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The design grew organically with unused ply boards utilized as partitions and storage shelves, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The design grew organically with unused ply boards utilized as partitions and storage shelves, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Striped blinds let in soft, muted light illuminating the café interiors, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Striped blinds let in soft, muted light illuminating the café interiors, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Minimalistic design solutions are employed to keep the design clean and simple, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Minimalistic design solutions are employed to keep the design clean and simple, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

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