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Studio SKLIM carve compact café into tiny space
POSTED 06 Jan 2020 . BY Stu Robarts
The café covers an area of just 28sq m (301sq ft) Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
Our smallest project yet required micro space planning, attention to craftsmanship and some out-of-the-box thinking.
– Kevin Lim
Studio SKLIM have created a compact café in Singapore using the concept of negative space to carve out seating booths, countertops, display shelves and overhanging canopies.

The café covers an area of just 28sq m (301sq ft) but accommodates an experience and retail corner, a take-away counter, seating booths and a counter for conducting workshops.

The central counter block is cast in concrete and is designed to merge into the floor via gentle curves.

Its upper section is suspended from the ceiling and features two "experience circles" into which customers can duck to smell different coffee grounds and tea products.

The counter is shaped in such a way as to provide places for customers to sit and stand while keeping them in close proximity to the coffee-making process.

Among the constituent elements are a powder pink concrete countertop cast in 11 sections, a countertop for takeaways formed by using a special fabric formwork and semicircular metal tables that project from the walls.

Using an idea inspired by decaying buildings, cracks were cast in the concrete countertops in which for plants to grow.

Kevin Lim, founding principal of Studio SKLIM, said: "Our smallest project yet required micro space planning, attention to craftsmanship and some out-of-the-box thinking."
Cracks were cast in the concrete countertops for plants to grow in Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
Semicircular metal tables project from the walls Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
A powder pink concrete countertop was cast in 11 different sections Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
Seating spaces are designed for multiple people Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
Customers can duck into two suspended "experience circles" to smell different coffee grounds and tea products Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
There is a counter for conducting workshops Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
Floor-to-ceiling windows create a connection between inside and outside Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
The design keeps customers close to the coffee-making process Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
The counter is shaped to provide customers with places to sit and stand Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
The base of the counter is cast in concrete and is designed to merge into the floor Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
The upper section of the counter is suspended from the ceiling Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
Seating booths, countertops, display shelves and overhanging canopies are carved out of the space Credit: Khoo Guo Jie
 


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06 Jan 2020

Studio SKLIM carve compact café into tiny space
BY Stu Robarts

The café covers an area of just 28sq m (301sq ft)

The café covers an area of just 28sq m (301sq ft)
photo: Khoo Guo Jie

Studio SKLIM have created a compact café in Singapore using the concept of negative space to carve out seating booths, countertops, display shelves and overhanging canopies.

The café covers an area of just 28sq m (301sq ft) but accommodates an experience and retail corner, a take-away counter, seating booths and a counter for conducting workshops.

The central counter block is cast in concrete and is designed to merge into the floor via gentle curves.

Its upper section is suspended from the ceiling and features two "experience circles" into which customers can duck to smell different coffee grounds and tea products.

The counter is shaped in such a way as to provide places for customers to sit and stand while keeping them in close proximity to the coffee-making process.

Among the constituent elements are a powder pink concrete countertop cast in 11 sections, a countertop for takeaways formed by using a special fabric formwork and semicircular metal tables that project from the walls.

Using an idea inspired by decaying buildings, cracks were cast in the concrete countertops in which for plants to grow.

Kevin Lim, founding principal of Studio SKLIM, said: "Our smallest project yet required micro space planning, attention to craftsmanship and some out-of-the-box thinking."



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