In order to make coffee available at anytime and anywhere, Indefinite Company is trying to integrate coffee into daily life in the form of aluminum cans. When COFFEE has become a way of life, "CAN COFFEE" has become a daily occurrence in the streets and lanes of Shanghai.
Commissioned by Indefinite Company, MAS is ready to do space design at No.247 Yanping Road, Shanghai. As we defined the space as “expressing in a convenient, inclusive, familiar and futuristic way”, the concept of the future convenience store in the community began to be born at the right moment.
In the old blocks of Yanping Road, there are some old Shanghai-lander who have lived for decades, as well as many young people. In such a fashionable and inclusive area, people come to realize the resonance of their lives.
Aiming to build a pet-friendly public space as well as a social space for neighborhood, we opened the shop entrance to blend with the street. By virtue of blurring the boundary between inside and outside, we build a connection between coffee and the community.
Under the current focus on the reuse and sustainability, we have a dialogue between new language and old language, which means that we embrace cold metal as well as accept time’s pass. The combination between the old and the new represents a friendly meeting of the present and the future.
Nowadays, fast pace is synonymous with cities, and CAN COFFEE can tap into the immediacy of young people. Further, CAN COFFEE provides customers convenience to pick up a coffee without too much thinking, just like choosing a can of Coke at a convenience store. On the right side of the entrance, we spread out the coffee-making bar to facilitate take-out customers and take-out riders to quickly pick up their meals on the one hand, and distinguish them from customers in the store without interfering with each other on the other.
The corridors between the front and back areas naturally transit the squeeze between the space blocks, forming a "lane" form between the community buildings. Material collision in this space has achieved intimate state. In such a "city lane", customers can feel familiar with the sense of market.
We deconstructed the vending machine in our daily life and turned it into an installation design in the space, which directly exposes the internal box structure and expresses the most original functional unit of the selling cargo plane. Inside the box, a new material is tried. The folding aluminum alloy sheet is illuminated with light and shadow, which bring out the best in each other.
Taking inspiration from the ticket machine at the convenience store, the designer makes the taking-order machine the focus of the overall space design, and disassembles and reassembles the old bill printer to expose the internal working structure of the machine to return to the original state of the machine. Therefore, the trap of consumerism occurs. People shuttling in the city return to their most natural living state.