This 60-years-old half reinforced concrete half wooden structure building has been preserved, restored and reconfigured to place the new programs. Though, the sense of living in local shophouse is persisted. Downstairs has turned into a café while upstairs functioned as a hostel with unique communal space interconnecting all rooms together.
With the aim of unifying the space, the very diverse pre-existing materials and textures of the shophouse, were painted with a single color—dominant in white. The juxtaposition of the glass enclosures and the wooden flooring, the sprayed plaster combined with the textures of the masonry walls as well as the building structure both wood and concrete are ordered and yet valued.
Yellow mustard, olive green, light salmon pink hues, noticeable on mid-century modern colors are applied on selected architectural elements with the 60:30:10 rule. These in these include walls, flooring, pillars, and accented ceiling help creating visual stimulation to beholders.
The design strategy was composed under the parameters of quality, simplicity, attention to detail and taste for the local and artisanal processes. The key visual focus of the place is the yellow plains that continuously run from the front of the building through its interior wall and floor in contrast with the white "L" shaped espresso and a brew bar in the café that allows the interaction between customers and baristas.
Some existent apertures were kept for being traces of the past and becoming a narrative story of the building. Some architectural features were used with its originated form but were replaced by modern materials such as a double casement door which wooden frame were kept but its wooden panels were modified to laminated glass. The cedar wood which represents a mood of authenticity and connectivity to the structure’s past.
Multiple windows and openings are apertures that peer the view from inside-out to outside-in, encouraging the integration with nature, stimulating emotion, imagination, and curiosity, establishing a direct relationship between the users inside and the living, ever-changing external environment.
In addition, the new structure has been built for the third program of the complex—co-working space the new volume imitates the roof form of the pre-existing building. Metal sheet and translucent materials are applied. The shade and shadow effects give a connection between the ‘time’ and the ‘building identity’. Either sitting or standing, grouping or being alone, everyone can find the most comfortable posture. This is an interior architecture design that is closely related to the body. With dimensions, form, color, and light as the guide, and the space affects the body's feelings, and then affects emotional experience.
The pre-existing backyard lies between the old building and the new. It intentionally provides a transitional space from one to another as well as a relaxation area for dwellers.
Altogether, the Concept Yard building is presented to the city as a piece capable of maintaining the intrinsic value of a building of the mid-century, gives it a new and optimized program and presence.
Material Used :
Color Painting/ TOA
Gypsum Board/ Gyproc (Wall Partition)
High Pressure Laminate/ Formica (Interior Decorative Wall)
Flooring: X-porcelain Tiles/ Cotto
Interior lighting: Lamp/ Lamptitude
Metal Sheet/ Bluescope
Flooring Mat/ PDM
Sofa, Side Tables& Props/ IKEA