Recycled steel bars form modular café interior by penda

, Architecture

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