Dazzling Vietnam Coffee Shop Embraces Biomorphic Design
The signature concept for the September Café in Vietnam is a free-flowing aesthetic, created primarily by the curves that dissolve the boundaries between the interior and exterior. The spectacular yet sensitive and site-specific building cocoons visitors in its soft, continuous curves.
Naturalistic patterns are a constant source of inspiration for architectural and engineering designs. These biomorphic designs mimic the structure of organisms, and use patterns of scale and proportion that are prevalent in nature. We respond instinctively to these architectural elements with a sense of well-being, comfort, and vitality that is similar to what we experience in natural environments.
The September Café manifests a naturalistic pattern with an abundance of curves and contrasts within its shape. Steel strips weave through the façade to delineate the branches of a bird’s nest, intertwining the building’s outdoor and indoor spaces.
With the September Café, there is something exuberant at play that cannot be easily defined. Despite its unusual design, it elicits a feeling of comfort and familiarity. The flowing aesthetic nevertheless manifests a resolute presence. The designers drew on forms in nature that are universally well-known: birds and branches that move with the wind. However, it isn’t necessary to perceive this consciously in order to appreciate the building’s intrinsic beauty. The September Café demonstrates the values of designs that connect us to the natural environment: originality, sensuality, and joyousness.