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Vijay Café

Shanmugam Associates

Vijay Dairy sits on the state highway 62 that connects Trichy, a tier-II city to northern parts of Tamil Nadu, India. The client initially suggested designing a marketing hoarding to give visibility for the existing factory that processes 125,000 LPD of milk. Another business proposition, that was ideated over a casual conversation with the architect, was to have a drive-in café at the factory entry using existing labor & dairy products. This was because the capital costs worked out nearly the same for both the cafe and hoarding. Further, it made more sense to taste and know about Vijay’s multiple food products, than have a huge hoarding speak about what they do.

Vijay 乳品公司位於連接蒂魯吉拉帕利的 62 號國道上,蒂魯吉拉帕利是印度泰米爾納德邦北部的二級城市。客戶最初建議設計一個行銷看板,以作為現有生產125,000低蛋白飲食工廠提供可見度。另一個商業概念,是與建築師的隨性談話時提出,使用現有的人力和產品,打造一個可以從工廠入口開車進入的咖啡館。這是因為咖啡館和廣告看板的成本幾乎相同。此外,藉由品嘗和體驗Vijay的多種產品比大量看板介紹它們所做的事更有意義。

The two huge tamarind trees (Tamarindus indica) located abutting the highway were the key elements to start with the design exercise. The form of the café derives from the proximity to both these trees to ensure that there is sufficient shade as well as lush landscaping that a weary traveller sipping either hot filter kapi or chilled buttermilk can capitalize on.


Vijay café’s visibility needed to be a key factor to draw customers driving by to stop for a break. In order to achieve this, material and color were to be planned succinctly to draw attention on the building sitting on the highway. The curved profile with a glazed cut out on the entry wall was designed such that the customer could visually see and buy products on the go. Taking to the earthy context that the site is located on and drawing attention to the cafe, exposed brick work and cuddapah louvers were used on the external wall fascia.

Vijay 咖啡館的能見度需要成為吸引顧客開車經過休息的關鍵因素。為了實現這一目標,應簡明扼要地規劃材料和顏色,以引起人們對公路建築的注意。入口牆上有釉面切口的彎曲輪廓設計,客戶可以在視覺上被吸引並且購買產品。考慮到商店所在的樸實環境,並提醒人們注意咖啡館,外牆上使用了裸露的磚砌工法和喀德帕式百葉窗。

The space has been planned in such a way the customer can either drive in, shop or dine. The three programs of the building - counter, restaurant and kitchen, are distinctly split using different materials and color. The 25-seats capacity restaurant is placed in the centre with vegetation on either side, the kitchen forms the rear end and the counter/ billing covers the front end.

空間被規劃是客戶可以開車進入、購物或用餐。建築的三個重點 - 櫃檯,餐廳和廚房,使用不同的材料和顏色將它們明顯區隔。可容納25個座位的餐廳位於中心,兩側有植被,廚房在後方,櫃檯/結帳處則是在前方。

Further adding to the design elements, is the contemporary sloped roof and modern grey colour terracotta tile. Taking consideration of the tropical heat, a reusable sloped roof with huge overhangs was designed to contain all the programs within and dissipate heat. Apart from the existing 16-seater outdoor dining area, there is adequate spill over space on either side of the restaurant that could extend to be a garden type seating in the future with natural canopy.