SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN
FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENT
MARCH INTAKE 2013
NAME: Yap Wei Tyng
STUDENT ID NO: 0314058
CULTURE & CIVILIZATION (FDES 0815)
Project 3 (Individual Assignment) : Art + Architecture + Culture
TITLE: LIVE WITH COFFEE
TUTOR: MISS NORMA
SUBMISSION DATE: 4th FEBRUARY 2014
Researches : Places
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Mock up Layout
The theme that I had chosen was the coffee culture in Kuala Lumpur. Coffee culture in Kuala
Lumpur was grown tremendously. Many people love drinking coffee in a coffee shop with their
love one or friends. Coffee culture in Malaysia was influenced by few countries such as British,
Italy and other western countries.
Concept: Architecture Design
Coffee shops around Kuala Lumpur were filled with the combination of Malaysia culture and
Western culture. The architecture designs of the coffee shops are unique and it shows the
Western culture and Malaysia culture in their design. Some coffee shops architecture design was
based on Western culture such as The Bee. There was also some modern coffee shop architecture
design such as Coffee Chemistry and unique concept designed coffee shop such as Garage 51’ .
Through this A5 coffee table book, readers will able to explore the unique architecture design of
each coffee shop. Readers able to experience different kind of coffee shop architecture design by
just looking the pictures in this coffee table book. Through this book, readers also able to see
how the customers enjoy themselves in these unique coffee shops with their coffee.
There are many special and unique architecture designed coffee shops. However the coffee shops
that interested me the most were Coffea Coffee, Coffee Chemistry, The Bee, Mon Bonlangerie
and Garage 51’. These places contain different kind of architecture design and concept of coffee
shops that shown different culture.
Coffea Coffee > Coffee Chemistry > The Bee > Mon Bonlangerie > Garage 51’
Coffea Coffee is multi-award wining establishment, specialising in Specialty Coffee from seven
top coffee beans producing farms around global include Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia,
Sumatra, Colombia and Costa Rica. They were known for their own roasting and blending styles.
Their coffee art was also nice and beautifully made.
This coffee shop was a kiosk coffee shop. It was located in Sunway Pyramid. The definition of
kiosk was a small structure, often open on one or more sides, used as a newsstand or booth.
This coffee shop located between two shopping streets. Customers visit this coffee shop for some
coffee break after doing lots of shopping in the mall. The reason why I was interested in this
coffee shop was the design and the location of the shop. Although it was a kiosk coffee shop, it
was also well-designed and provide customers a coffee shop environment to enjoy their coffee.
It was the first café in Malaysia serving world’s finest coffee (Graffeo). This coffee shop located
at First Subang Mall. They not only serve coffees but also Asian Western Fusion Foods.
Coffee art of this coffee shop was fantastic and detail. The food taste delicious with unbelievable
taste of it.
The architecture design of this coffee shop was modern and beautiful. The layout of the shop was
modern by the light setting and classic by the wall wood texture. It provided costumers a
comfortable environment to enjoy their coffee and delicious foods.
“Welcome to The Bee, a neighbourhood food and drink hangout that proudly serves affordable
fuss-free food, quality coffee and more, in the friendly and cosy corners of Petaling Jaya.”
This coffee shop’s architecture design is base on old western style. It was classical and provide
the customers the feeling of having coffee in the past time of westerns day.
There are some old fashion furniture such as sofa and table for customers to experience more
about the past of the western’s life.
This coffee shop located at Jalan Radin Bagus, Kuala Lumpur. It was near The Store shopping
mall. So it was a really good and comfortable place to take a rest and relax after buying daily
need items from the shopping mall. It was just a short distance between the shopping mall and
this coffee shop. It only takes 5-7minutes to reach there.
This shop was a classical designed coffee shop. It has a classical old clock near the entrance of
the coffee shop. Due to the Chinese New Year, the clock was decorated with red cloth.
The peace and classical of the shop allow the customers able to enjoy their coffee and also
allows the old folks to enjoy reading newspaper without any rushing and noisy environment.
The theme of this coffee shop was inspired by car workshop, hence the name Garage 51’
featuring rustic design. So we are able to spot lots of wood and container metal elements. Due to
it is also located in PJS 11 where we can see many car workshops around. So customers can have
a cup of coffee while waiting their car from servicing.
This is the place where coffee was brewed and decorated with coffee art.
The furniture in this coffee shop was unique. It wasn’t just plain wooden chair but it was made
from empty barrels. It gives customers have a brand new experience when enters this coffee shop.
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The exploration of the
coffee shops starts with a
fully filled coffee.
First station will be Coffea Coffee in Sunway Pyramid. In this part, I start to walk
around the shop as this is the first time I saw a kiosk coffee shop. I found out there
was a television introducing their product. There also have lots of wooden tables and
chairs for customers to have their coffee.
After exploring the coffee shop, I order my café latte from the crowded counter. The
waiter and waitress are very polite and friendly. Afterward, I take my café latte to find
a place to sit. I sat on the tall wooden table. The wooden furniture gave me the feeling
that I am sitting in a classical coffee shop.
Next stop will be Coffee Chemistry. It was located at First Subang Mall. When I enter
into this coffee shop, I was attracted by the DIY light and the decoration of the
ceiling. It was so beautiful and modern.
Besides the DIY light, the beautiful pattern wall also was very beautiful and it unifies
the whole layout of the coffee shop because it was mostly decorated using round
shape. Instead of normal tables and chairs, they also provide sofas and short tables for
customers to enjoy their coffee.
They have very nice skills in creating coffee art on the coffee. It was fantastic and
The third station will be The Bee. When I arrives this coffee shop, the outer part of the
shop makes me though it was a modern design coffee shop. But when I enter into the
shop, it was actually old western style coffee shop.
The furniture are all old wooden table and chairs. There are also many old things such
as sewing machines and racks. It enhanced the whole environment. Besides old
wooden tables and chairs, there also old design sofas and tables.
The environment in this coffee shop was so calm. Customers enjoy drinking their
coffee and spending their time in the coffee shop reading novels with no worries.
Next station will be Mon Bonlangerie café. It was a very classical coffee shop. Before
I enter the shop, I saw an old clock, it makes me feel more classical about this coffee
shop. The dawn lighting also enhanced the shop classic feeling.
The reason I took these two photos is first was the drawing. In the drawing, it shows
the old street in the past. When I look this drawing from far apart, it makes an illusion
that it was a window. The next photo not only shows the lighting of the counter, it
also shows those classical figures that were on the counter table. Both part of the shop
increase the classical feeling of the whole coffee shop.
This is some of the product of the coffee shop. Besides that, at right page photos, it
shows how customers enjoy the food and coffee in the coffee shop.
The last station was Garage 51’. This is the coffee shop that I like the most. It is
because it was base on rustic design concept and was inspired by car workshop. When
I enter the coffee shop, I felt that I was one of the worker having a coffee break.
All decorative items and even the machines looks like the barrels and items that
should only appeared in workshop. It was so unique. It turns an empty barrel into a
comfortable sofa. The kitchen was in a container! I never expected I will saw that.
After I finish order my meal, I can’t stop myself in observing the area. It was the
feeling that I am having meal in a garage. The right-side page photos shows the coffee
and dessert I ate and the customers’ joy and sharing experience with each other.
Journey ends with an empty cup of coffee.
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