in beijing, architecture and design studio penda has completed the interior of a local café using recycled steel bars to serve as modular dividers. commissioned by property developers hongkun, the scheme introduces an area of greenery within the city’s heavily polluted atmosphere – intended to serve as a precedent that will encourage other chinese cities to implement similarly green proposals.
the primary design feature is the repetition of upcycled steel bars, painted black and constructed as a grid. this modular system allows the café to be readily reconfigured. the latticed structure allows a variety of different elements to be inserted, with plant boxes, books, and lights occupying the design.
many of the scheme’s wooden pots are filled with air purifying and easy-to-grow vegetation such as spider plants, sword fern and marble queen. over time, the plantation will grow across the structural framework, covering the steel with a natural green blanket.
plant boxes, books, and lights fill the design
many of the scheme’s wooden pots are filled with air purifying and easy-to-grow vegetation
over time, the plantation will grow along the structural framework
an area for study within the café
lighting is hung from the latticed ceiling