T3 designed the new JAVA Creative CAFE in Phnom Penh which proposed “homemade” snacks and “Fair trade” Coffee and hosts the famous Dance company Prumsodun Ok &NATYARASA !
The main Concept was to transform a simple warehouse into a green industrial building welcoming a fancy Coffee-Restaurant and a Performance Hall for all “performing Arts”: dance, theater, music…
The performing Hall is a monolithic Black box suspended above the coffee shop. The main wall facing the entrance is a perfect support to advertise about the coming art’s events of JAVA!
The project being located in Cambodia, T3 proposed to follow bioclimatic design principles to make the building comfortable under tropical climate, limiting the use of Air Conditioning as to save energy (promoting ceiling fans and natural ventilation) and fight against Climate global warming.
T3 balanced the Industrial character of the Building by bringing some natural materials like wood (second-hand hardwood to avoid to participate to the deforestation in South East Asia). All furniture (made by hardwood) have been designed by T3 while we have collaborated with our friends from KOBI Studio for the lighting design as to get a warm and cozy atmosphere and to highlight properly the Artists into the performance hall.
T3 designed an additional roof’s layer (cement boards fixed on a secondary metal structure) above the existing metal panels’ roof as to create a “double ventilated roof”. The goal is to limit overheating by sun as well as reduce the noise due to strong tropical rain!
T3 also created an opened courtyard on the building’s backside to reinforce the natural ventilation by air depression…
Tropical plants and ceiling fans bring the tropical feeling and help to increase air quality and thermal comfort.
Material Used :
- Floor finish: Ceramic Tiles by SECOIN
- Roof panels (sun protection) – Fiber cement board by SHERA
- Fabric for Furniture: InkatZigZag
- Air Conditioning: Panasonic
- Basin & Sink – KOHLER