5 Hotham Street, Collingwood
Victoria 3066, Australia




Little Bean Roasters

Little Bean Roasters is a new riverside destination for premium coffee in Shanghai. The existing 2-storey building was remodelled to accommodate a coffee shop, bakery, roastery and coffee academy.

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The clients brief called for a light, elegant, simple and tactile environment in which to enjoy and learn about Little Bean coffee.

The design approach responds to the radial footprint of the existing building with a series of circular and curved forms in cast concrete and timber. Two large circular apertures were punched into the existing slab with oversized mirrors suspended from the first floor ceiling to create a visual and physical dialogue between the ground floor coffee shop and first floor academy.

Access to upstairs is provided in each corner. The structure for the existing staircases were retained and reimagined with new balustrades and treads.

A subtle blue hue was used to coat all of the existing structure and services to form a contiguous backdrop for the layers of concrete, timber and planting.

Location Shanghai, China
Client Little Bean Roasters
Collaboration Local Collaborating Architect / More Design Office
Photographer Raphael Olivier
Completion Date August 2015