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We finished this project exactly one year ago, which means this coffee shop started to welcome guests in the last Tet Holiday. However, we have still hesitated to talk about this story, simply because it has not completed yet. Actually, it would never ever be completed.

Being the small part in the sequence of projects that we have been setting and pursuing to do for Dalat, Wayfarer Coffee was obviously a pleasant start. The subject was not too complicated, location was beautiful and the budget was relatively good. The biggest challenge for this project, surprisingly, was the place to which it belongs – Dalat.

As usual, we always want to see each project after the handover, live its life, healthy and lush, as a tree planted in the right soil where it belongs. Therefore, we decided to dedicate the design of Wayfarer for Dalat, using all the knowledge, experience, memories and love that we have for this city, to create a place bearing the breath of the present, but still remind of a close Dalat deep in our memory, where we spent all our childhood.

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Located in the abandoned basement of an old hotel, Wayfarer Coffee brought a vague but interesting feeling when we first came to survey the site. A row of abandoned rooms were close together, filled with belongings and furniture, construction materials as well as debris and garbage. We could not even go to the end of the room to see how big it really was. Not to mention the fact that the construction site was based on an ancient rocky shore in an indeterminate shape, interlaced with an abundance of both old and new pipes belong to the hotel above.

The very first thing to do was clean-up.

After carefully examining the old and new surface structure along with collecting tons of garbage inside the suites, we began to connect these rooms together by removing available partition. We must be careful with every single party wall due to the building was too old and burdened a five-story hotel above. Some partitions could not be dismantled was marked down in detail. The drainage pipe system were also the same.

After a few weeks of cleanup, we finally had a neat ground to start sketching.

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The initial location of Wayfarer was inherently a basement with low and dark ceiling, the floor height was also uneven, because the previous hotel was located on a sloping land, while outwardly the parking lot was still in operation. We chose the idea of turning the dark space into a lapidary but characteristic tunnel of several ancient villas and overlooking a “secret garden” hidden in the middle of the car park.

The sketch of space came very fast and be approved as fast as well.

We decided to choose stone as the major material, as it was the most characteristic material of many old wine cellars in Dalat. The stone-panelled partitions used to divide the space in a little bit confusing style in order to remind of the basement in the ancient and magnificent castles, simultaneously to cover those structures that could not be demolished.

In addition, the dark wood ceiling and some other modern materials such as glass tiles and large windows, along with a wooden “deck”-style passageway and the curved garden with a large tree located in the centre, which helped to recall the terrace cafes in France. Besides, all of them surrounded by the stone fence walls with green trees running around, separate the shop’s space with the parking lot.

Everything was formed quite exactly as we thought, about a quiet garden in the heart of the noisy Dalat. The long bar with soothing light nestled in a dark corner with the seats leaning against the cliff wall. The wooden ceiling with warm yellow light covered above it the interlaced pipe connection system but still gave the feeling of the maximum possible height of the space. And some tables and chairs specifically designed for this project.

Everything took place slowly and the café was opened just in time for Tet holiday upon its completion of more than 80%.

Then, everything stopped.

.

The rest of the project was stopped because of some issues related to the license. The remaining 20% of the work, also the most interesting idea, would never ever be finished. We did try so hard, but in vain. That was the reason why until a year later, I began to accept that I would never be able to continue to complete this project again. Obviously, there was a truth that we could not always get what we want no matter how hard we tried.

But, there was another much larger truth than this. With 80% of all the things we have spent for this project, it’s survived and overcame the most difficult time as the baby born prematurely but still healthy thanks to a plenty of effort and a little bit of luck.

We understand clearly that there will come many other projects that might have to be stopped in such a way, but that was not intended to regret, rather it is to learn to cherish every opportunity coming for us.

Not all the roads can reach the destination, but every path can be filled with experience and memories without going to the end. As long as we keep our heart above our head and our eyes wide open.

.

For Wayfarer. For Dalat.

Saigon, on the 3rd day of Tet Holiday 2O17.

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We finished this project exactly one year ago, which means this coffee shop started to welcome guests in the last Tet Holiday. However, we have still hesitated to talk about this story, simply because it has not completed yet. Actually, it would never ever be completed.

Being the small part in the sequence of projects that we have been setting and pursuing to do for Dalat, Wayfarer Coffee was obviously a pleasant start. The subject was not too complicated, location was beautiful and the budget was relatively good. The biggest challenge for this project, surprisingly, was the place to which it belongs – Dalat.

As usual, we always want to see each project after the handover, live its life, healthy and lush, as a tree planted in the right soil where it belongs. Therefore, we decided to dedicate the design of Wayfarer for Dalat, using all the knowledge, experience, memories and love that we have for this city, to create a place bearing the breath of the present, but still remind of a close Dalat deep in our memory, where we spent all our childhood.

.

Located in the abandoned basement of an old hotel, Wayfarer Coffee brought a vague but interesting feeling when we first came to survey the site. A row of abandoned rooms were close together, filled with belongings and furniture, construction materials as well as debris and garbage. We could not even go to the end of the room to see how big it really was. Not to mention the fact that the construction site was based on an ancient rocky shore in an indeterminate shape, interlaced with an abundance of both old and new pipes belong to the hotel above.

The very first thing to do was clean-up.

After carefully examining the old and new surface structure along with collecting tons of garbage inside the suites, we began to connect these rooms together by removing available partition. We must be careful with every single party wall due to the building was too old and burdened a five-story hotel above. Some partitions could not be dismantled was marked down in detail. The drainage pipe system were also the same.

After a few weeks of cleanup, we finally had a neat ground to start sketching.

.

The initial location of Wayfarer was inherently a basement with low and dark ceiling, the floor height was also uneven, because the previous hotel was located on a sloping land, while outwardly the parking lot was still in operation. We chose the idea of turning the dark space into a lapidary but characteristic tunnel of several ancient villas and overlooking a “secret garden” hidden in the middle of the car park.

The sketch of space came very fast and be approved as fast as well.

We decided to choose stone as the major material, as it was the most characteristic material of many old wine cellars in Dalat. The stone-panelled partitions used to divide the space in a little bit confusing style in order to remind of the basement in the ancient and magnificent castles, simultaneously to cover those structures that could not be demolished.

In addition, the dark wood ceiling and some other modern materials such as glass tiles and large windows, along with a wooden “deck”-style passageway and the curved garden with a large tree located in the centre, which helped to recall the terrace cafes in France. Besides, all of them surrounded by the stone fence walls with green trees running around, separate the shop’s space with the parking lot.

Everything was formed quite exactly as we thought, about a quiet garden in the heart of the noisy Dalat. The long bar with soothing light nestled in a dark corner with the seats leaning against the cliff wall. The wooden ceiling with warm yellow light covered above it the interlaced pipe connection system but still gave the feeling of the maximum possible height of the space. And some tables and chairs specifically designed for this project.

Everything took place slowly and the café was opened just in time for Tet holiday upon its completion of more than 80%.

Then, everything stopped.

.

The rest of the project was stopped because of some issues related to the license. The remaining 20% of the work, also the most interesting idea, would never ever be finished. We did try so hard, but in vain. That was the reason why until a year later, I began to accept that I would never be able to continue to complete this project again. Obviously, there was a truth that we could not always get what we want no matter how hard we tried.

But, there was another much larger truth than this. With 80% of all the things we have spent for this project, it’s survived and overcame the most difficult time as the baby born prematurely but still healthy thanks to a plenty of effort and a little bit of luck.

We understand clearly that there will come many other projects that might have to be stopped in such a way, but that was not intended to regret, rather it is to learn to cherish every opportunity coming for us.

Not all the roads can reach the destination, but every path can be filled with experience and memories without going to the end. As long as we keep our heart above our head and our eyes wide open.

.

For Wayfarer. For Dalat.

Saigon, on the 3rd day of Tet Holiday 2O17.

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We finished this project exactly one year ago, which means this coffee shop started to welcome guests in the last Tet Holiday. However, we have still hesitated to talk about this story, simply because it has not completed yet. Actually, it would never ever be completed.

Being the small part in the sequence of projects that we have been setting and pursuing to do for Dalat, Wayfarer Coffee was obviously a pleasant start. The subject was not too complicated, location was beautiful and the budget was relatively good. The biggest challenge for this project, surprisingly, was the place to which it belongs – Dalat.

As usual, we always want to see each project after the handover, live its life, healthy and lush, as a tree planted in the right soil where it belongs. Therefore, we decided to dedicate the design of Wayfarer for Dalat, using all the knowledge, experience, memories and love that we have for this city, to create a place bearing the breath of the present, but still remind of a close Dalat deep in our memory, where we spent all our childhood.

.

Located in the abandoned basement of an old hotel, Wayfarer Coffee brought a vague but interesting feeling when we first came to survey the site. A row of abandoned rooms were close together, filled with belongings and furniture, construction materials as well as debris and garbage. We could not even go to the end of the room to see how big it really was. Not to mention the fact that the construction site was based on an ancient rocky shore in an indeterminate shape, interlaced with an abundance of both old and new pipes belong to the hotel above.

The very first thing to do was clean-up.

After carefully examining the old and new surface structure along with collecting tons of garbage inside the suites, we began to connect these rooms together by removing available partition. We must be careful with every single party wall due to the building was too old and burdened a five-story hotel above. Some partitions could not be dismantled was marked down in detail. The drainage pipe system were also the same.

After a few weeks of cleanup, we finally had a neat ground to start sketching.

.

The initial location of Wayfarer was inherently a basement with low and dark ceiling, the floor height was also uneven, because the previous hotel was located on a sloping land, while outwardly the parking lot was still in operation. We chose the idea of turning the dark space into a lapidary but characteristic tunnel of several ancient villas and overlooking a “secret garden” hidden in the middle of the car park.

The sketch of space came very fast and be approved as fast as well.

We decided to choose stone as the major material, as it was the most characteristic material of many old wine cellars in Dalat. The stone-panelled partitions used to divide the space in a little bit confusing style in order to remind of the basement in the ancient and magnificent castles, simultaneously to cover those structures that could not be demolished.

In addition, the dark wood ceiling and some other modern materials such as glass tiles and large windows, along with a wooden “deck”-style passageway and the curved garden with a large tree located in the centre, which helped to recall the terrace cafes in France. Besides, all of them surrounded by the stone fence walls with green trees running around, separate the shop’s space with the parking lot.

Everything was formed quite exactly as we thought, about a quiet garden in the heart of the noisy Dalat. The long bar with soothing light nestled in a dark corner with the seats leaning against the cliff wall. The wooden ceiling with warm yellow light covered above it the interlaced pipe connection system but still gave the feeling of the maximum possible height of the space. And some tables and chairs specifically designed for this project.

Everything took place slowly and the café was opened just in time for Tet holiday upon its completion of more than 80%.

Then, everything stopped.

.

The rest of the project was stopped because of some issues related to the license. The remaining 20% of the work, also the most interesting idea, would never ever be finished. We did try so hard, but in vain. That was the reason why until a year later, I began to accept that I would never be able to continue to complete this project again. Obviously, there was a truth that we could not always get what we want no matter how hard we tried.

But, there was another much larger truth than this. With 80% of all the things we have spent for this project, it’s survived and overcame the most difficult time as the baby born prematurely but still healthy thanks to a plenty of effort and a little bit of luck.

We understand clearly that there will come many other projects that might have to be stopped in such a way, but that was not intended to regret, rather it is to learn to cherish every opportunity coming for us.

Not all the roads can reach the destination, but every path can be filled with experience and memories without going to the end. As long as we keep our heart above our head and our eyes wide open.

.

For Wayfarer. For Dalat.

Saigon, on the 3rd day of Tet Holiday 2O17.

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We finished this project exactly one year ago, which means this coffee shop started to welcome guests in the last Tet Holiday. However, we have still hesitated to talk about this story, simply because it has not completed yet. Actually, it would never ever be completed.

Being the small part in the sequence of projects that we have been setting and pursuing to do for Dalat, Wayfarer Coffee was obviously a pleasant start. The subject was not too complicated, location was beautiful and the budget was relatively good. The biggest challenge for this project, surprisingly, was the place to which it belongs – Dalat.

As usual, we always want to see each project after the handover, live its life, healthy and lush, as a tree planted in the right soil where it belongs. Therefore, we decided to dedicate the design of Wayfarer for Dalat, using all the knowledge, experience, memories and love that we have for this city, to create a place bearing the breath of the present, but still remind of a close Dalat deep in our memory, where we spent all our childhood.

.

Located in the abandoned basement of an old hotel, Wayfarer Coffee brought a vague but interesting feeling when we first came to survey the site. A row of abandoned rooms were close together, filled with belongings and furniture, construction materials as well as debris and garbage. We could not even go to the end of the room to see how big it really was. Not to mention the fact that the construction site was based on an ancient rocky shore in an indeterminate shape, interlaced with an abundance of both old and new pipes belong to the hotel above.

The very first thing to do was clean-up.

After carefully examining the old and new surface structure along with collecting tons of garbage inside the suites, we began to connect these rooms together by removing available partition. We must be careful with every single party wall due to the building was too old and burdened a five-story hotel above. Some partitions could not be dismantled was marked down in detail. The drainage pipe system were also the same.

After a few weeks of cleanup, we finally had a neat ground to start sketching.

.

The initial location of Wayfarer was inherently a basement with low and dark ceiling, the floor height was also uneven, because the previous hotel was located on a sloping land, while outwardly the parking lot was still in operation. We chose the idea of turning the dark space into a lapidary but characteristic tunnel of several ancient villas and overlooking a “secret garden” hidden in the middle of the car park.

The sketch of space came very fast and be approved as fast as well.

We decided to choose stone as the major material, as it was the most characteristic material of many old wine cellars in Dalat. The stone-panelled partitions used to divide the space in a little bit confusing style in order to remind of the basement in the ancient and magnificent castles, simultaneously to cover those structures that could not be demolished.

In addition, the dark wood ceiling and some other modern materials such as glass tiles and large windows, along with a wooden “deck”-style passageway and the curved garden with a large tree located in the centre, which helped to recall the terrace cafes in France. Besides, all of them surrounded by the stone fence walls with green trees running around, separate the shop’s space with the parking lot.

Everything was formed quite exactly as we thought, about a quiet garden in the heart of the noisy Dalat. The long bar with soothing light nestled in a dark corner with the seats leaning against the cliff wall. The wooden ceiling with warm yellow light covered above it the interlaced pipe connection system but still gave the feeling of the maximum possible height of the space. And some tables and chairs specifically designed for this project.

Everything took place slowly and the café was opened just in time for Tet holiday upon its completion of more than 80%.

Then, everything stopped.

.

The rest of the project was stopped because of some issues related to the license. The remaining 20% of the work, also the most interesting idea, would never ever be finished. We did try so hard, but in vain. That was the reason why until a year later, I began to accept that I would never be able to continue to complete this project again. Obviously, there was a truth that we could not always get what we want no matter how hard we tried.

But, there was another much larger truth than this. With 80% of all the things we have spent for this project, it’s survived and overcame the most difficult time as the baby born prematurely but still healthy thanks to a plenty of effort and a little bit of luck.

We understand clearly that there will come many other projects that might have to be stopped in such a way, but that was not intended to regret, rather it is to learn to cherish every opportunity coming for us.

Not all the roads can reach the destination, but every path can be filled with experience and memories without going to the end. As long as we keep our heart above our head and our eyes wide open.

.

For Wayfarer. For Dalat.

Saigon, on the 3rd day of Tet Holiday 2O17.

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