M Pavilion is located in the lobby of an office building in Xuhui District, Shanghai, a coffee shop design commissioned by the Chinese famous coffee brand M Stand. In order not to disturb the daily operations of the building, we proposed two strategies at the beginning of the design process: a rapid construction and a light touch to the site. Then a delicate and decent scaffolding pavilion came into being.
A Light Box
Be light. We hope to bring relaxation and joy to people in a rigorous working atmosphere through a light form. The heavy volume above is in sharp contrast with the slender structure components, and the translucent skin attracts people to walk in. Slightly cantilevered floor makes the light-filled box float on the ground.
Different from an interior design, we came up with an adaptive system with only one prototype of component and very few variations that restrict the construction process within 10 days. This system covers all aspects including structure, envelope, bar worktops, lighting, foundation floor, making it possible to bring beauty out of a rapid construction.
Rough, temporary, shabby, industrialized, and non-architectural, a scaffolding always bring unfriendly feelings, but it fascinates us. We hope that through precise design and millimeter-scale construction, we can give scaffolding a decent completion while stripping away all its temporary and rough social meaning and gradually approaching its essence.
From Light to Emotion
In a winter afternoon, the sunlight is filtered by the translucent curtains and scattered in the air, wrapping the office workers who come for a nap. In an early morning or when the sun sets, the lantern-like lighting device fills the space with warm light. M Pavilion becomes a temple of light, the light permeates out and shines on people passing by.