Today is Long Cafe / Absence from the island

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Today is Long Cafe / Absence from the island

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  • Region Area of ​​this architecture project Region :
    30 m²

  • Year Year of realization of this architectural project

    Year:


    2020


  • Photographs

  • Manufacturers Marks with products used in this architecture project

    Manufacturers: Pure paper laminates, 丰亚陶瓷有限公司


  • Main architects:

    Chi, Tin


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Text description provided by the architects. The customers were a group of people who studied and worked separately in Australia and then returned to their hometown of Hong Kong where they eventually met due to a shared passion for coffee. One of them became an accomplished barista and another became a successful public relations manager. The cafe is a place to house their fond memories of Australia and the good coffee that makes up their lives, which they would love to share with local residents and make the cafe a social hub.

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They named the cafe “Today Is Long” (TIL) and the design was inspired by Australia’s golden sunset. The warm red-orange became the theme color which also referenced the sandstone monolith – Uluru in the red center of northern Australia. The texture of the fired earthy sandstone is also represented by the fired ceramic tiles anchored in the lower part of the facade.

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Site plan
Site plan

The hemisphere of the setting sun has been applied in various ways to the façade. This helped form a facade with a strong geometric language that sets the café apart from its surroundings of old buildings. It allows the coffee to stand out and be noticed. One of the hemispheres became the welcome arch at the entrance which formed a short tunnel to transport patrons from the bustle of Sai Ying Pun to the calm and comfortable interior. Another formed a recessed wall pattern for the take-out counter. The third hemisphere was turned sideways and formed the largest window to bring in as much natural light as possible. Besides the facade, there was a final full circle inside that served as a backdrop for the seating area.

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Australia has always been blessed with abundant amounts of sunlight, so plenty of white color has been used with the large windows to enhance the light and airy atmosphere. And spaces have been set aside under the entrance arch, seating area and upper storage for plantings to create a green, lush and natural environment. The coffee bean used in the coffee will also be recycled as fertilizer for the plantations.

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Sai Ying Pun, given its proximity to the University of Hong Kong, has been famous for its mix of locals and foreigners in recent years. And the idea of ​​the café as a social hub is expressed through the seating arrangement – ​​banquettes have been set up in a triangular corner of the shop with the two rows facing each other. With the benches and coffee counter arranged along the periphery of the cafe and with a focal point in the center, the layout should enhance interaction and create a sense of community. A thin bar table has also been designed on the facade so that customers, especially dog ​​owners, can enjoy their coffee outside and look into the cafe at the same time.

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