Monday, 25 October 2010

Day 298, on which John introduces the Kongsholmparken Café [25.10.10]

Dag to hundrede otteoghalvfems. Well hey, Monday. And here I am, listening to Jonathan Coulton songs. I'm not that obsessed, please don't get me wrong, but I love them anyway. I'm currently listening to IKEA, because it's about IKEA, of course. Though I'll admit I sung along to Code Monkey and I Feel Fantastic on Saturday. But that's best left to the history books.

Woot, here is the follow-up to the Ishøj House... finally revealed... may I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, the Kongsholmparken Café!


Here is the classic two angles, from two opposite corners of the sadly square base. This one wasn't thought out as much as the Ishøj House, which is why it's not on a naturally shaped base. The Kongsholmparken Café started off with the roof shape, then I tried to integrate some windows below, and the base came last. It's not stable, at all, which is saying something considering I think of the Ishøj House as relatively stable.

The architectural concept behind this build was one of secludedness. I wanted to create a mid-forest meeting place, a small and cosy café where people could enjoy the scenery whilst not being in the middle of a massive concreted area. It's meant to be right up close to the grass, the trees, and nature itself. It's nestled in there, with a flat roof to keep it low (it's Danish, don't forget). There's also a little bit of 'plane interaction' which is an outshot of the Ishøj House. The idea being that the shape of the building is a result of two flat planes interacting (the mathematical kind, not the flying kind). Whilst this may seem a bit 'arty farty' but I've got to justify myself somehow.

Plus - and now this is what I was trying to achieve when building - the dark grey plane is there to offer a clear divide between the outside and the grounds of the café. The hikers walk in off the hill (see the guy in the hoodie), and they can't see much of the café stuff because it's hidden behind the dark grey panel. People in the café can look out, sure, but the main thing is that others have to reveal it for themselves. It's a secluded space within the woods rather than just a forest clearing.


Here are a couple of views of the details in the scene. Up top you can see the interior. There's a TV on the right there because I wanted the café to be a social place as well as a place for people coming on their own. It's not just for tourists and eco-friendly types (it's far from eco-friendly, it's made of concrete), it's for townfolk and/or businessmen who want to have a coffee and check their emails in their lunchbreak. They just pop into the café - which isn't hard to get to since Kongsholmparken is pretty small - grab a coffee and read the newspaper in the bar for a while. The tables outside offer a more social meeting area, and in the outdoors as well. That's not really for the locals; that's for big groups or hikers or tourists. Those dressed for the outdoors. See bottom-left panel for the stereotype.

Oh and there's a panel of the windows that opens up so people can shuffle in sideways. Doors weren't really on my list of priorities.


And finally, here are the details of the Kongsholmparken Café. Up top is the furniture - not my best, I'll be the first to admit, but it does the job and it's all meant to be wood to reflect the trees outside. Very natural and soft, to offset the harsh lines of the concrete exterior. Yet with sharp angles and simple shapes, they're still modern. Just about.

In the middle panel you can see the bits 'n' bobs from the building. There's a red bike, because everyone in Denmark cycles everywhere (especially in the woods, that'd be a nice outing, stopping halfway in the café). Also, it's a reference to the Ishøj House, which featured the same bike. Considering that Björn, the dude in the Ishøj House, is also in the café serving coffee, we can assume it's his bike and he's cycled into the park where he works. Spiffy, right?

Oh and on the bottom panel you can see the minifigs, which are meant to be simplified stereotypes of the sort of people who'd use the café. From the left, Björn the café worker, the shutter-happy overdressed tourist, the trendy androgenous young person with matching satchel, and the old-yet-fashionable middle-aged man complete with receding hairline and professional walking stick. All with smiley faces which pierce your soul.

~John

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