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DAGA Architects: We wanted to turn our yard into a forest, so we sprinkled acorns all over it. ——MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO
-取与舍 Gains and losses
DAGA Architects’ new project, TOTORO Village, Chaoyang MIX Island, is a complex space that combines a multi-modal business model with cafe attributes, located in a small courtyard on the side of the East Fourth Ring Road in Beijing. At the beginning of the design, considering the special location factors of Jintai Road, this time we create a village style “utopia” hidden in the city.
▽傍晚时分，暖暖的灯色点亮了整个小院，In the evening, the warm color of the lamp lit up the whole courtyard
Different from the interior design of ordinary cafes, TOTORO Village has transformed the courtyard house into an enclosed space accessible through the entrance semi-low stone wall. From the outside, only a small part of the store can be seen as a wilderness. Bounded by the stone wall at the entrance, and with a very different tone inside and outside the space, TOTORO Village retains the green landscape of the original site and continues the original texture of the land, from renovation to new construction, the team and workers work together to complete the project.
▽从石墙外远眺小木屋，Overlooking the cabin from the stone wall
▽入口处标志性的石墙，The iconic stone wall at the entrance
▽为骑行客提供中途休息的场所，Provide a resting place for cyclists
The team deconstructed the original antique part of the building, removing all the lightweight partitions inside the house. Some unplaned coarse tree trunks, suspended with nodules, are joined by special steel embeddings at both ends with the sidewalls of the concrete walls to form a rustic and sturdy beam structure. Small wooden house, like building blocks, are placed in the forest. This time, nature is not an addition to the building. Let flowers become flowers and trees become trees.
▽小院全景，Panoramic view of yard
In the space of 400 square meters, five emerging Beijing local brands — D.A.O Coffee, YEKER DAO, LANG DINER , BEIPING GELATO and TiaohaiPub — are gathered together to form a spatial community. In this time, the business model of cafes in the future will be more towards the form of diversified and complex commercial space. For us, the renovation of TOTORO Village is not only focused on the renewal of the business format within the project, but also on the formation of a business dialogue within the block to promote the value of the whole area.
▽正午时分，小院一角, In one corner of the yard
-内与外 Outer and inner
In this case, the design is not only important to the form but also the choice of construction materials. We choose natural materials to make the materials and the building structure more natural and coherent chimera. Using these building materials, the designer imagines what might happen in the site, creating Spaces by imagining how people might meet, interact and respond to the surrounding landscape.
▽从正门望向小屋, View of the cottage from the main door
Under the influence of the description of the small village where “TOTORO” lives in the animation of Ghibli, we do not want the building itself to have too much influence on the natural environment and the experience of guests. We eliminate the metal devices commonly used in modern technology, and only use simple modeling and durable structural system to build the building. These wood finishes enhance the casual nature of the space, and in order to visually extend the outdoor cobblestone floor to the interior, the cabin steps are covered with terrazzo floors with the same cobblestone pattern. The soft background light directs guests’ views from the comfort of the cabin to the distant landscape.
▽老树下随意摆放着野营椅, Camping chairs were arranged at random under the old trees
▽向小屋内部望去, looking towards the interior of the cafe
In a city, cafes are a way to renew areas and a place to connect new communities. When the objects displayed in the space are resonated with the emotions, memory brings people closer to each other invisibly. We wanted to break away from the traditional cafe character and plan the area with a more relaxed and laid-back layout.
▽室内客座区, guest area
The color of the different wood contrasts harmoniously with the texture and white of the columns, walls, ceilings and metal wine cabinets. The wooden shelves inside the bar house coffee beans, vintage wine and other sundries. High Windows on the west side of the room bathe the space in natural light. The wild growth of landscape plants can be seen everywhere, subtly dividing the original unobstructed space, forming a more changeable coffee experience space. It gives a new visual focus to the original rules of the building and inspires the guests to explore the curiosity.
▽吧台后的菜单上记录了一日特供饮品, The menu behind the bar records the day’s special
▽临窗一隅, view of the window
We want to keep the Totoro bus that never comes back, the color temperature of the sunset every day. In order to have a good view of the interior space, the team studied the way the train Windows are opened. The passenger seating area is bathed in gradual sunlight. We laid large Windows and opened glass doors and Windows to maximize the visual effect between the interior and the exterior, while also introducing sufficient indoor light.
▽从外部远观咖啡馆, View the cafe from the outside
▽沐浴在阳光中的木椅和植物,Wooden chairs and plants bathed in sunlight
The cobblestone courtyard is the center of gravity of the whole design, a harmonious transition between architecture and nature. It creates an “inner -outdoor space” : the sun shines on the wooden door panels and is reflected softly into the courtyard. From here, you descend to the final part of the spatial sequence, an open courtyard. The intimate atmosphere of the interior gradually opens up here, creating a free dialogue with nature.
▽小院一角,In one corner of the yard
The existing form of the building looks like a contrast to the surrounding field, but at the same time the enclosed space allows visitors to reflect on their feelings from the perspective of people and people and nature. The atmosphere of the place is the core element of the design. We not only wanted to create a memorable space, but also to inspire a new understanding of the cafe.
建造时间：2022.06 – 2022.08
Project name : TOTORO Village, Chaoyang MIX Island
Design company : DAGA Architects
Company website: www.arcxtec.com
Design Team : Shen Jianghai, Tu Ye, Wei Na, Zhang Bei
Project type : Interior Design
Project area : 400㎡
Design time : May 2022
Construction time : May 2022 – Aug 2022
Photographer :UK STUDIO
审稿编辑: 王琪 Maggie
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