algebraist coffee, an avant-garde coffee chain brand, opened two new stores in Star World and Super Wenheyou, and collaborated with STILL YOUNG again to create a contemporary community space featuring the brand style and city spirit.
The first store in Changsha/ Pure expression of innovative materials
The first store of algebraist coffee in Changsha stands beside the main road. Its outstanding 10-meter-high shopfront has become an attractive visual focus to arouse the consumers’ curiosity to the greatest extent. The design extracts coffee culture elements and innovates material application.
The embossed facade adopts a 3D print approach with painted sandstone carving to simulate the real flowing coffee. The super symbol, as the brand symbol, grabs attention and enhances emotional connection with consumers. The back-lit logo at the visual center of the shopfront matches the hanging spliced gradient red acrylic logo installation on the right of the entrance.
The store coordinates appear as luminous acrylic round tubes embedded in hollow carvings of stainless steel round tubes, and every corner reveals the exquisite design of details. Ultra-white tempered glass with a minimalist silver frame presents a unique aesthetics of craftsmanship.
Following a design strategy of module repetition and symbol deconstruction, the interior space uses different materials with distinct decoration styles and characteristics, thus, the warmth of wood and the futuristic sense of silver blend. Refine and rich in texture, the dark marble bar counter and the 3.2-meter-high solid wood composed of a matrix of 80x80cm carved monograms enrich the layers of space.
The arrayed modular design method also responds to the mathematical elements behind the brand algebraist coffee. With a light and soft design, natural streamlines run through the entire space. The dark inner walls extend the facade design language, and the layers of the ceiling seem like flowing flat white. The curved tabletops and seats and elegant green plants create a fresh and warm atmosphere.
Super Wenheyou Store
Compared with the personalized brand presentation of the first store in Changsha, Super Wenheyou Store has made great efforts to integrate into the local commercial vibes. The project site Super Wenheyou is a must-visit small-scale creative business district with various forms of business in Changsha. The introduction of the coffee shop adapts to the lifestyle and consumption habits of the young.
A homage to the site, the design grasps the context and fabric of the city. While retaining the vintage atmosphere of Changsha, it injects the delicacy of exotic coffee and ingeniously blends it with the local culture. The illuminating red neon brand logo on the tile facade forms an impressive visual contrast with other signboards of the block, attracting the bustling people on the street.
In the retro 1980’s themed space, the interior design adopted dim and warm lighting, wooden floors, windows and doors with antique-style ceiling fans, resulting in a strong sense of nostalgic atmosphere. The design team cooperated with a dramatic scene construction team to create a narrative journey of vintage cinema for visitors through the careful selection of each piece of furniture.
Such low-slung space serves for meetings with friends, recalling the history and memory of the old neighborhood in Changsha, enjoying the refined and trendy coffee, and slowing down to feel the peace and tranquility of time. The design integrates space with the consumption experience, conveying the warm energy in this organically renewed site.
Photo © Yuuuun Studio
As an experienced entrepreneur, algebraist coffee has become a fast-growing new brand in the coffee field and has established hundreds of stores across China. They stress brand culture, focus on user experience, give priority to high-quality coffee, and continue to develop and innovate to transform coffee from a product for elite groups into a commercialized mass-market brand.
As a partner in space design, STILLYOUNG follows the concept of “one store, one style” to design varied types of stores for different customer groups. In each original aesthetic space exclusive to algebraist coffee, the multi-dimensional storespace with a sense of layers makes coffee drinking more fashionable and cool. Source by STILL YOUNG.
Location: Changsha, China
Architect: STILL YOUNG
Design Directors: Eric. Ch, Yanagi
Brand Manager: Mr. Jiang
Floor Plan: Azel Wang
Rendering: Kohler Zhang
Construction drawing: Jeff Wang
Project Area: 103.6 m2 + 18.9 m2
Photographs: Yuuuun Studio, Courtesy of STILL YOUNG