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Last Updated on January 26, 2022 by Hi設計

位於北京香餌衚衕,這間名叫 Big Small Coffee 和 B&B客房一共只有34平方米,包含兩個部分:一個19平方米的咖啡館和一個15平方米的客房;咖啡館和客房由一個小院連接起來,和一戶鄰居共享天井空間。咖啡館的主理人想要通過這個小空間把優質的咖啡帶給顧客。因此“Big Small Coffee”看似是一杯小小的咖啡,但是卻包含着咖啡廳老闆遠大的理想。

Nestled within Xiang’er Hutong in central Beijing, Big Small Coffee + B&B has a total area of 34 square meters. The project consists of two parts: a coffee bar (19 sqm) and a guest room (15 sqm) linked by a courtyard shared with an elderly neighbour. Owners of the coffee business wanted to bring serious artesian coffee to their customers in a small space, emphasising focus on just a good cup of coffee.
Hence the brand “Big Small Coffee” – being small in size but big on intention.


“Big Small Coffee”是一個新潮而又相當專業的品牌。AIO把設計的重點放在空間功能組織和場所文脈重塑上。儘管這是兩個狹小的空間,但是AIO仍然希望可以把這種限制轉化為優勢。咖啡廳在功能上被分成兩個部分,一邊屬於咖啡師,一邊屬於顧客,設計師通過材料的清晰變化傳達出空間的差異。

“We imagined Big Small Coffee to have a fresh and professional identity and we wanted to bring attentiveness to the design specific for its function and context. Making the most out of these two tiny spaces by turning constraints into design features.” The spatial function is primarily split into two. Baristas and customers each occupies a side of the bar. This spatial distinction is expressed visually through a crisp change in materiality.


通過材料差異限定出兩個空間,two space defined by material



Hung by four hand crafted leather straps is a bold, singular 2.4M customised stroke of light. Floating right in the centre of the spatial volume above the bar, the luminaire catches one’s eyes, adds weight to the space, while accentuating width and linearity when encountered front-on facing the bar. It also provides a softer, more delicate details to the threshold between shelf and bench top. Brightness is adjustable for the desired mood and/or function. The cork panels on the other hand is warm and inviting to the touch. It is also a sound absorber, making it an ideal choice of material in the context of a co-shared wall with the adjacent living space. On the southern side of the shop is another zoning threshold, marked by a camouflaged set of overhead storage cupboards. This threshold transits to the back of house washing area and a water closet. The washing area is meant to be accessed after hours, a full sized sink is in place but concealed during operating hours, allowing this right of way to remain a pleasant waiting area.


由燈具所引導的具有縱深感的空間,width and linearity space


吸音木板,the cork panels and light


The small white butcher tiles scale the space, and is a timeless, versatile, bright backdrop. With a limited width available for baristas to move along the bar, a row of strong magnets customised to the same size as the tiles are devised along the wall to provide easy, flexible access to tools, orders and any miscellaneous items.Product display and storage is limited due to the spatial constraints. A custom designed open shelf unit is hung from above the bar bench, efficiently occupies the relatively generous height of the space without interrupting circulation. The transparency provided by the use of acrylic sheet diminishes the weight of the shelving unit visually, allowing focus to be on the displayed items.

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牆上的磁鐵磚和酒杯架,a row of strong magnets and open shelf


Stainless steel foldaway plates are custom designed to provide flexibility and interaction for the patrons to intuitively transform its function just by a simple flipping action. At its resting state, the plate serves as a small table for patrons who just want a quick coffee or to stand around and mingle. When folded up, the plates give way to circulation and become a series of slender support for picture frames to be displayed. A large opening on the southern slope of the pitched roof is introduced to bring in natural lighting as well as allowing the shadows from the trees above to cast onto the interior surfaces throughout the day.



With a north facing frontage, a crystal clear acrylic canopy provides protection from rain for customers sitting on the front patio, while still allowing all available natural light and views to the foliage above to be preserved.

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天窗和牆上的陰翳,skylight 和 shadow on wall


夜晚的咖啡廳,coffee at night

除了“Big Small Coffee”,主人還有一個15平方米的小卧室,這間小卧室原先計劃用來做員工的卧室和倉儲。AIO建議把它改造成一間可以招待客人的小客房。這間房原先屬於房東和已經去上大學的兒子。8平方米的主空間塞了電視櫃、五斗櫃、書桌、和一張單人;而兒子的卧房則佔據了一個僅僅有0.8米寬的狹窄空間里。AIO把這間卧室往院子中擴大了一點,創造出一個L型的入口,還為入口安裝上了一個雙開門。

Through the shared courtyard behind Big Small Coffee, the owner also obtained a 15sqm room originally planned for its staff accommodation and storage. “But why not turn it into a guest room instead?”, Office AIO suggested. The room was originally occupied by the landlord and her son until he went off to college. The 8sqm main room was used as a living space crammed with a TV unit / desk and a single bed / sofa and the long and narrow 800mm wide space was the son’s ‘bedroom’. Office AIO made a small extension into the courtyard and teared down the original façade to create an L-shaped entrance leading into the guest room. This entrance is then filled by a set of double-hinged doors that can be opened up to form a small internal courtyard.

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卧室入口,entrance of the bedroom


卧室內的牆壁上被粉刷了一層稻草泥塗料,AIO還別具新意的使用了編織草席作為屋頂天花,還原了衚衕房子的特色。胡桃木色的地板和原有木樑完美契合。設計師創造出一個明亮而又溫馨的衚衕生活空間。簡單的室內的傢具只為滿足生活的基本需要:雙人床下內置雙層抽屜可以存放多餘的被褥和行李;一張軟木的桌子讓住客有了工作空間,AIO還精心挑選了Achille Castiglioni 的吊燈,同時為書桌和床頭照明。

The main living space was refreshed with a layer of straw clay over the internal walls, straw mats lining the original pitched ceiling, walnut timber flooring to match the existing tone of the timber rafters, and new timber joinery. The result is a bright yet warm space with reminiscence of a traditional hutong dwelling interior. The interior is furnished sparsely to fulfil the basic needs of a B&B: a built-in double bed with drawers to store extra beddings and luggage, a cantilevered cork desk for travellers to get some work done during their visits, and a classic Achille Castiglioni piece as desk and bedside lamp.

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卧室室內,interior of the bedroom


The linear bathroom were covered in small white butcher tiles, with the water closet on the short end, and vanity and bathtub on the longer end closer to the window for natural light and ventilation.

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繪圖: Office AIO

英文: Office AIO

中文: gooood

攝影師: Eric Zhang, Yu Cheng

圖片來源: Office AIO

Drawings: Office AIO

English Text: Office AIO

Chinese Text: gooood

Photographers: Eric Zhang, Yu Cheng

Photo Source: Office AIO

作者 / Hi設計