In and between boxes, a strong but yet simple design gesture to recover a forgotten urban space.


In and between boxes, is located in a residential neighborhood near Tinahe, Guangzhou, China. An empty ground floor, that Lukstudiodesign, team, has transformed into an office and cafe.

When you think of a meeting point for a coffee, we quickly locate some corner on a ground floor. Nodes, large display; Indisputable poles of attraction for the city planning. In and in between boxes, fills an urban void, and returns the “place” quality to a forgotten space.


In and in between boxes generates its two main spaces through a series of volumes. The same, orderly, clean and pure clean the existing chaos and manage to order and pacify the environment.

The entrance of in and between boxes is connected through an aluminum half-cover. On the other hand 3 boxes emerge from the interior of the building. Slightly separated from each other, without touching, they generate small spaces between them. Alleys that invite the user to approach.

In and between boxes, transforms a space and with its architecture re activates its environment.

Every volume of in and in between boxes responds to a function. On one side the cafeteria, a creative area, meeting room and a lounge. To highlight their presence even more, they are all painted white and the space between them in gray. Somehow, contrasting with subtlety, background and figure.


The windows and niches accompany, there are designed in relation to these volumes, everything is in agreement and meticulous aesthetic coherence. Two main cut outs connect the cafe to the outside, framing a greeny window.

Inside, the office is designed, meticulous and clean, and makes a gradual path to a Zen garden. This garden functions as a focal point, which visually relates all office areas. These designing procidures, respond to a way of thinking, a way of using the place.

The materials in and between boxes respond to the warmth and simplicity of its design. Soft, light-colored surfaces dominate in the main space. indeed this helps to multiply the natural lighting, showing its perfect geometry and shaping its shadow.


The brainstorming sroom is visually and subtly connected to the cofeteria and workspace, by using polycarbonate panels. Finally organic materials such as wood or existing brick walls, are used in the intimate areas.

In and between boxes combines social, urban and work places. An architecture that shares, and reactivates its environment. Its designing studio understands that coffee, and work time have to come hand in hand, that architecture is more than build. Architecture helps in social habits transformation.


Photos by Dirk Weiblen.