Architecture and design studio Penda has created a modular café using a framework of recycled steel bars.

Located in Beijing, the café is fitted out with a 3-dimensional grid, constructed from upcycled steels bars that have been welded together and painted black.

The latticed structure acts as dividing walls for the cafe, sectioning off different spaces including an area for work and study.   

A variety of timber boxes have been inserted into the framework, transforming it into a modular and interchangeable storage and shelving system.

Many of the wooden boxes are being used as pots, planted with air purifying and easy-to-grow vegetation, which, overtime, will grow across and cover the steel framework.

Commissioned by property developers Hongkun, the café scheme aims to introduce an area of natural greenery into what is otherwise a heavily polluted city.

Courtesy Designboom