Cupping Room Coffee Roasters / Causeway Bay HK / Unite Unit

Visiting the newly-opened Cupping Room at Lee Garden is not only a pleasant journey that stimulates one’s palate, but also a visual treat that appeals to the senses. The open-plan space of the cafe designed by Unite Unit, welcomes you with a pared-down, uniquely crafted setting that adds sophistication to the brand and targets the […]

Nodi Coffee Plus / Hong Kong / Unite Unit

Unite Unit’s approach to designing Nodi Coffee’s latest outpost, Nodi Coffee Plus, skillfully blends the precision of a laboratory with the allure of a contemporary art gallery. This design philosophy transforms the coffee shop into a futuristic space that not only serves as a place to enjoy a cup of coffee but also as an […]

SHOWAY ARTS SPACE / Qingpu District / Shanghai / Topos Design

As an architect and the founder of, I have always been drawn to cafe spaces that support public buildings, offering a sense of community and vibrancy to their surroundings. Showay, located within the expansive National Exhibition and Convention Center in Qingpu District, Shanghai, is a prime example of this ethos. Serving as a creative […]


House 41 Cafe / ADO HK

Movies such as “You Are the Apple of My Eye” and “Our Times” created a profound impact in the film industry, evoking a sense of nostalgia by reconnecting people with their collective memories. There is a certain beauty in these recollections, as they often stir up emotions that are difficult to let go. To explore […]


Mad Cafe / ADO HK

Designed by ADO Culture, Madhead Limited is a vibrant and innovative mobile game developer and operator. Their flagship game, “Tower of Saviors,” has achieved legendary status in the Hong Kong mobile gaming industry, amassing over 10 million users in record time. With a rapid expansion from 20 to 200 employees, many of whom are unfamiliar […]

Brownie Project Gallery / Shanghai / Offhand Practice

Situated at M50 Creative Park in Moganshan Road, BROWNIE/Project gallery blends the vibes of arts and commercials seamlessly. This creative park used to be an old woolen mill manufacturing plant, and the building it occupied was transformed from an old factory. Designed by Offhand Practice Photography by Hu Yanyun To explore cafes worldwide see A top […]


Cloud Cafe, Victoria Shanghai Academy / MAD Studio

Designed by MAD Studio, the Cloud Café is a popular rendezvous for teachers and students at Victoria Shanghai Academy, Hong Kong. As a part of a new extension for the school’s ever-expanding campus, it plays a very important role ensuring staff and student’s well-being and their fondness of the campus.  Photographed by Workshop 10 To […]

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Gulangyu Store / Fujian / Cunpanda

In 2018, a new cafe named 1/2 opened in Xiamen. In the past 4 years, it has developed into a coffee brand integrating coffee, inn, and customization. During the rapid development period, it plans to launch branches in Xiamen and surrounding islands. CUN PANDA NANA received this design commission. The client expects to create a […]

Arabica Xiamen Cafe

Arabica Xiamen Cafe

In the coastal city of Xiamen, where historical charm converges with modern urban development, Arabica stands as a symbol of the city’s dynamic fusion. Renowned for its picturesque landscapes, including the scenic Gulangyu Island and the iconic Nanputuo Temple, Xiamen has evolved significantly over the years. Ingrid Shi, a seasoned architect and photographer holds a […]

Shanghai cafe / Aloha cafe / Atelier IN

Shanghai Cafe / Aloha Cafe / Atelier IN

Nestled in the historic French Concession of Shanghai on Shaanxi South Road, ALOHA Coffee is a distinctive Shanghai cafe located at the ground floor of a heritage residential building. Renowned for its dedication to the art and traditional practices of coffee making, the ALOHA brand embodies a deep respect for coffee culture. Designed by Atelier […]

Alpine Cafe / Cang 41 / Sanctuary in the Snow / JUMGO Creative

Alpine Cafe / Cang 41 / Sanctuary in the Snow / JUMGO Creative

After the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, people’s enthusiasm for winter sports, such as skiing, has been reignited. Chongli, a town known for skiing, has also re-catched people’s attention. For Skiers, Chongli means more than a small town in Hebei. Therefore, a group of passionate skiers came up with an idea to establish a unique and […]

Lakeside cafe / Lit Time / Fun Connection

Reconstruct a Brand-new Living Paradigm Lakeside Cafe Home Zishan Lake Peninsula, a suburban resort area located just over an hour’s drive from Wuhan. As a multifunctional lakeside cafe for dining and wine space in the community of Zishanhu New Town, Lit Time was transformed from the reception lobby of the Sweet Box Hotel, originally located […]

Kun ming / China Cafe / ido & Friends Café / Aurora Design

Aurora Design|ido & Friends Cafe China – Friendly Hub Functionalism, Friendly Expression The late 19th to mid-20th century saw the rise of the modernist wave in Europe. From urban streets to rural hamlets, from coastal islands to private homes and public cafes, well-known artistic hubs and meeting places ignited the creativity of countless artists. ‘Open’ […]

Alchemy Origin / Metagram

Project Type: CafeLocation: Two Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, GF Lobby​Design Team: John Chow, Renee Chow / MetagramLighting Designer: Light Origin Studio​Accolades:Muse 2023 Season 2 – Gold Award Architects text Metagram has designed Alchemy Origin, the newest cafe addition to the Alchemy Coffee group, in the premier business district of Tai Koo Place in Hong Kong’s […]

Espresso Alchemy Nina Tower / Metagram

COMPLETED NOVEMBER 2019 Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong Boutique Cafe; Full-Scope Design Text by Architect / Metagram Espresso Alchemy Nina Tower / Metagram The concept for the cafe was inspired by the rich red-brown colors of coffee crema. Using a white base to create an atmosphere of lightness and to reflect in maximum daylight, we used […]

Fineprint HK / Metagram

Kiosk Cafe Lead Designers – John Chow; Renee Chow / Metagram Fineprint HK / Metagram Featuring an industrial palette of materials, the cafe’s cubic form both contrasts with and complements the lofty stone atrium of Three Exchange Square in Hong Kong’s Central District.  A frame of aged steel boldly demarcates the kiosk within an equally […]

Espresso Alchemy Harbour City / Metagram

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong​Boutique Cafe; Full-Scope Design​Award Winning:Silver (DrivenxDesign HK21) Text by Architect / Metagram The objective of the Espresso Alchemy café design in Hong Kong’s Harbour City mall was to visually connect two disjointed but adjacent spaces. Metagram inserted vividly coloured architectural forms in order to create this iconic design. The site located […]

Hong Kong Cafe / Hap Coffee

Hong Kong Cafe, known as Hap Coffee, welcomes patrons with its striking design elements. Its full glass frontage bathes the interior in natural light, creating an inviting atmosphere. Complemented by playful blue signage and integrated landscape bench seating, the cafe’s white and timber interior exudes a harmonious blend of modernity and warmth, promising a delightful […]