Singapore-based architecture practice Studio SKLIM has designed a micro cafe called Voids Cafe in Singapore’s River Valley area by optimising the negative spaces and carving out seating booths, countertops, display shelves and overhanging canopies.
The 28m² cafe features an experience and retail corner, a take-away counter, seating booths as well as a counter for workshops. The central counter block is cast in concrete and is designed to merge into the floor via gentle curves.
The central counter is shaped in such a way as to provide both seating and standing options for customers while keeping them close to the coffee-making process.
“This is our smallest project yet required micro space planning, attention to craftsmanship and some out-of-the-box thinking.” – Kevin Lim, founding principal of Studio SKLIM
Some of the design highlights include a powder pink concrete countertop cast in 11 sections, a countertop for takeaways formed by using a special fabric formwork and semicircular metal tables that extend from the walls.
Inspired by a feature often seen in decaying buildings, cracks were cast in the concrete countertops for plants to grow in.
Photos: Khoo Guo Jie