Description: Hong Kong micro café increases 50% of its space by swinging a pair of pivot doors.

The studio has increased Black Sugar Coffee 50% of its space, which used to be only 2.6m wide and 3.4m long, by swinging a pair of pivot doors.

The shop is only 8.8sqm while the minimum size of food counter in Hong Kong needs to be 6sqm. That means the space reserved for customers would only have 2.8sqm. Thanks to the licensing area that the landlord actually allows the shop to spill out its seating 1.8m away from the shopfront, that would let the café gain 4.6sqm more for the loose furniture.

A pair of big pivot terrazzo doors has become the key elements in the design to link up the cool exterior to the warm maple wood interior. While the shopkeeper opens the shop every day, the big swinging gesture has become a new ritual to the customers. The inner side of the pivot door is a shelving served as a retail corner, the increased shop area will also serve as the “outdoor” seating as well as a pet zone.

Company: Littleurbanmountain Design Ltd

Award: DRIVEN × DESIGN: HONG KONG Design Awards (Australia)