Meow Restaurant

Designed by: E Studio
For client: Meow Restaurant Floor area: 300.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Restaurant of the Year

Multi Functional Activity Area
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A sharing space for both people and cats.

About the Project

Meow Restaurant is a cat-themed cafe that explores the fun of space. With the concept of a sharing space for both people and cats, all the scales and designs of the project are related to cats to keep balance between the spaces for the two users. The designer uses blocks and platform devices to connect different spaces instead of illustrating a real forest. Such like the terrace field in the middle of the first floor is designed in the cat’s shape. This terrace is used as seats, instead of the traditional ones, to increase the interactions between people and cats, and to hold public activities. The ups and downs of the terrace field satisfy the different behaviors of the customers and cats. The second floor enables the customers to enjoy a more comfortable and free atmosphere, where different dinning spaces are organized, and the unique visual effect contributes to an unconventional experience with cats. There, the form of the desk vividly illustrates the stream of the forest, and the stainless steel board on the wall imitate the water ripple.

What’s unique about it

Meow Restaurant is a cat-themed cafe that plays with space and shapes. We have chosen natural materials and the most common, ready-to-use industrial items to reshape people's view of materials, making a highly sustainable space with strong characteristics. Sustainable materials enable designers to lower budget and shorten construction time.

We love this project because this is not an ordinary coffee shop. The owner proposed the concept of a shelter for stray animals to provide long-term home for stray cats and dogs. With the help of our design we want to provide value for the city`s ecosystem and show people harmonious coexistence between human beings and animals.

Also we hope that unique design of the coffee shop that allows easier interaction with cats provides personalized experience and comfortable atmosphere for people to destress and find a peace of mind in such a crowded and noisy city as Guangzhou.

02 Main Entrance
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Main entrance

03 Exterior Detail
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Exterior detail

01 Multi Functional Activity Area
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Terrace field in place of traditional seats, creating a intimate space for people and cats.

05 Cats Perspective Of The Terrace
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Cat's perspective of the terrace

Wave Board And Block Relationship
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The stainless steel wave board imitate the water ripple.

Multi Functional Activity Area
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The river, tree house and other natural features are expressed in a narrative way.

08 Reading Area
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Rest area under the staircase

09 Circle Bar
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The form of the desk vividly illustrates the stream of the forest, and the stainless steel board on the wall imitate the water ripple.

10 2 F View To Tree House
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View of the tree house from the dining space

Credits:
The QUARTZ Construction

LI Chujun

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