studio APL has transformed an old open-air grain bin structure into the ‘yamato cafe’, a coffee shop located in pingtunghsien, taiwan. the architects designed an independent exterior courtyard as the focal point of the project, in order to breathe life into the 80 year old building.
all images by yi-hsien lee photography and shawn liu studio
within this stone courtyard, customers can sit in a window one-seater and enjoy some reading, but there are also tables to accommodate diners who seek a place for meetings or celebrations. in addition, the courtyard can also be used as wedding venue. the original big-scale grain bin with long span structure generates a space without columns. as for the new structure, 100*100mm galvanized steel pipes were used to construct the structure system combined with vertical columns and an horizontal roof. furthermore, the site showcases an interesting conversation between the built system and the surrounding plants. in winter and spring, trees turn into brown, matching the color of corroded grain bin’s steel structure. in summer, trees bloom into green which in accordance with the green trees of the outside street.
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