JJ ACUNA / BESPOKE STUDIO
Elephant Grounds Mid-Levels
Hong Kong

Elephant Grounds Coffee Mid-Levels is the second landmark project by JJA / Bespoke Architecture for the Hong Kong-based cafe in two years. Designed in collaboration with Elephant Grounds founder, Kevin Poon, this new flagship location for the brand divides the double height space as a sequence of "lifestyle-oriented" moments, twisting the concept of the quintessential Hong Kong shop-house that it sits in and presenting these spaces to guests as a partly domestic-oriented experience. These moments come in the form of the following sequence of spaces: the Indoor-Outdoor Anteroom with stadium seating bleachers towards the front sidewalk, the Open Kitchen Coffee Bar Area which greets all guests as the heart of the project, the Main Dining Area around this Open Kitchen, the Living Lounge Cockloft on the Upper Level for quiet relaxation, and finally the outdoor Deck Garden in the back, with a living green wall, finishing the homestyle guest experience.

 

位處中環的Elephant Grounds Coffee是JJA / Bespoke Architecture成立兩年內的第二個香港標誌性咖啡廳項目。 該項目是JJA / Bespoke與Elephant Grounds的創辦人Kelvin Poon潘世亨先生共同設計而成。這間全新的旗艦店將兩層高的空間劃分出一系列的生活化空間,不僅顛覆了香港下舖上居餐廳的典型模式,把這些空間展露在顧客面前;更營造了一種賓至如歸的感覺。首先會吸引顧客視線的是以台階式座椅設計的等候區,由面向行人道的一側圍繞進點餐區;其次為處於店鋪正中央心臟位置的開放式廚房與咖啡吧,方便接待入座於不同位置的顧客;主要的用餐區則是圍繞開放式廚房而建。望向上層則能看見一個休閒式生活閣樓,讓顧客能在安靜的環境下放鬆身心。最後是位於餐廳靠後位置的露天平台花園,便完成餐廳一系列的家庭式體驗了。

The project's material signature is underpinned by dual-tones of pine timber, prepared and applied on-site by carpenter collaborators, Hong Kong-based artisans, Start From Zero. Signages which read, "Coffee N' Chill" and "Elephant Grounds" in the anteroom were fabricated by Sunnynap in Japan. Original antique industrial factory lights and dining chairs were sourced in the Netherlands. The retail wall next to the open kitchen was sourced from Vitsoe. And all other design details in the project were handmade and handcrafted bespoke specifically for this project. All furnitures in the Living Lounge Cockloft are from Los Angeles-based furniture company, H.D.Buttercup. All art, decorative styling, and plants for the project were supplied by brand owner, Kevin Poon, from his own collection.

 

本項目以雙色松木作為材料的主調,由香港本土的工匠Start From Zero負責準備及現場製作。另外等候區裡的"Coffee N' Chill" 及 "Elephant Grounds"的招牌來自日本品牌Sunnynap;而店內的古董工業吊燈及椅子均購自荷蘭。

Project Name
Elephant Grounds Coffee Mid-Levels
Architecture & Interior Design
James JJ Acuna of JJA / Bespoke Architecture
Design Team
Designed in Collaboration with Kevin Poon
Date of Completion
March 2017
Location
Hong Kong
Area
1,900 sq. ft.
Client
Elephant Grounds Mid Levels Limited
Site Photography
Grischa Rueschendorf and JJA / Bespoke Architecture
On-Site Carpentry & Furniture
Start from Zero Hong Kong
Living Room Furniture
H.D. Buttercup Los Angeles
Signage
Sunnynap Japan
Retail Wall
VITSOE