thai architecture firm SOAR has transformed an old building in bangkok into an open plan café and workspace that feels more like being outdoors than indoors. called ‘TOO CAN CAFÉ’, the renovation involved small adjustments and improvements to bring new life into the space while retaining the original character and scars of the building.
images courtesy of SOAR (space oddity architect)
SOAR began the project by removing the front part of the second floor, resulting in the creation of a double-height space and a mezzanine level. this intervention establishes visual connection between the floor levels. part of the roof has also been replaced with sheets of transparent roofing, allowing natural light to permeate into the interior and giving the exterior of the building a lighter appearance.
the floor of the café is covered with locally-sourced bricks arranged in a herringbone pattern. to make the space feel more like being outside, the architect populated the café with abundant plants and trees, creating an urban jungle aesthetic. mix-matched furniture also occupies the space, including a stone coffee bar and a bright orange vespa. in between the new interventions, SOAR left the original building structure exposed. old beams and scars in the wall where beams used to be are left untouched, tracing the history of the place.
name: TOO CAN CAFÉ
location: bangkok, thailand
architect: SOAR (space oddity architect)
edited by: lynne myers | designboom