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Australia’s extraordinary landscape and sunsets advise design and style of Hong Kong cafe

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The terracotta color plan and semi-round types used all through this Hong Kong cafe by architecture companies Studio Etain Ho and Absence from Island spend homage to Uluru and Australia’s amazing sunsets.



a person walking down a street in front of a building: Exterior of Today is Long cafe by Studio Etain Ho and Absence from Island


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Exterior of Today is Long cafe by Studio Etain Ho and Absence from Island

Found on a avenue corner in Hong Kong‘s Sai Ying Pun district, the 30-sq.-metre cafe sits at the bottom of an previous apartment building.



a vase of flowers on a plant: Above: Today is Long features semi-circular windows and murals. Top image: It is located at the bottom of an old apartment block. Photo is courtesy of Dypiem


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Previously mentioned: Now is Very long features semi-circular home windows and murals. Top rated impression: It is found at the base of an aged apartment block. Picture is courtesy of Dypiem

It has a generous facade and a tight, triangular program into which the architects have managed to squeeze a compact kitchen and bar space with a serving counter, as effectively as an spot of bench seating and two toilets.

Referred to as Currently is Long, the cafe is owned by a barista and a community-relations supervisor, who bonded about their shared adore of espresso and the point they’d both equally used time studying and working in Australia.



a person standing in front of a building: The lower part of the cafe's facade is wrapped in terracotta-coloured tiles. Photo is courtesy of Liz Eatery


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The reduce portion of the cafe’s facade is wrapped in terracotta-colored tiles. Photograph is courtesy of Liz Eatery

“The cafe is a place to property their fond recollections of Australia and the excellent coffee that makes their lifetime,” discussed Etain Ho, who also operates Absence from Island together with its founder Chi Chun Tang.

“They would incredibly considerably like to share the espresso with nearby residents and to make the cafe into a social hub.”

The owners’ enjoy for Australia has been translated into the design and style in the variety a heat orange palette educated by the colors of dusk and the country’s well-known natural landmark Uluru, also recognised as Ayers Rock, which is a sandstone monolith in the Northern Territory.

As well as the colour plan, the hemispherical condition of a location solar has been incorporated into the cafe’s walls and home windows,  forming a unique geometrical facade that distinguishes the cafe from its grey concrete environment.



A tunnel above the entrance houses potted plants


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A tunnel higher than the entrance properties potted vegetation

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Just one of the semi-round windows is recessed above the cafe’s entrance, making a sheltered, terracotta-colored tunnel for housing potted crops.

A similar shape is carved into the wall below the get-away counter window and rotated sideways to develop the rounded rectangle that functions as Nowadays is Long’s major window.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Bench seating runs along the window


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Bench seating runs together the window

A strip of fired ceramic tiles that recall the texture of Uluru’s sunbaked sandstone wraps the decreased portion of the cafe’s exterior, extending the heat orange color scheme to the road.

Within, the generous windows, white walls and terrazzo ground develop a light-weight and open up area. A corner of casual, stepped bench seating topped with terracotta tiles is dotted with potted crops and framed by a semi-circular mural.



a close up of a painted wall: Greenery is integrated liberally into the design. Photo is courtesy of Liz Eatery


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Greenery is integrated liberally into the layout. Image is courtesy of Liz Eatery

“Australia has normally been blessed with considerable amounts of sunlight, so a ton of white has been applied with each other with the massive home windows to increase the bright and ethereal environment,” discussed Etain Ho.

“Spaces have been reserved beneath the entrance arch, seating spot and the overhead storage for vegetation in order to make a environmentally friendly, lush and organic environment. Espresso grains made use of in the cafe will also be recycled as fertiliser for the crops.”



The sign bearing the cafe's acronym hangs above the door


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The sign bearing the cafe’s acronym hangs over the door

Studio Etain Ho and Absence from Island are not the 1st style studio to use sunset colors to brighten up a gray city context.

In Tokyo, regional designer Yota Kakuda enlivened a cheese tart shop with a clear acrylic counter colored in a gradient of shiny pink, orange, yellow and lime.

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