Happier Cafe started with a dialogue of what makes one feel happy, whether tangible or a feeling, from small daily pleasures to life’s big achievements.
Happier Cafe by JC Architecture in Taipei, Taiwan is a place for change and evolution, where people come to relax and feel comfortable, but are also key attributes to the design of the space. How you may ask? Here, each person sharing the space is able to change and contribute to its creation.
Given the lease was granted for only six months, the architects wanted to create something temporary of course, but nonetheless imaginative and playful. Using paper was an ideal way to allow people to express, build, and adjust the environment according to their moods. Paper became a simple and cheap tool to change the ambience of the space, and the idea that each person could seek and adjust their own fine balance and transformation.
Large paper rolls strewn through the cafe create a time machine installation; forming walkways, niches, and intimate spaces for coach sessions, gatherings and relaxation. The cafe bar is designed as an open counter where customers can hand pick their snacks and prepare their drinks, and are trusted to pay and collect their own change – enabling and sharing the responsibility and maintenance of the space.
Just a place to unwind and create a sense of community, this cafe beautifully connects the people and space together. Feel happier already?