Inspired by the theory of ‘6 degrees of separation’ (which many semiologists now hold to be 3.2 degrees, after the advent of social media) and located in chaotic, bustling Jakarta, this is a welcoming meeting point, an eye-catching venue with simple architectural solutions and spaces that rotate, lending themselves to several potential uses.
The Six Degrees Café has been designed by the OOZN architectural studio from Singapore. The layout is rectangular, with a street frontage of as many as 16 m [51.2 ft].
The OOZN designers have concentrated their attention on the interior shell. To offer an unforgettable visual impact, they have given it a new skin, commissioning a corrugated structure made of equidistant wooden planks at 15 cm [5.9 in] intervals, covering the entire end wall and the ceiling.
The plywood’s corrugated winglets and the veneer have been hand-crafted by local carpenters according to the designers’ specifications and don’t all have the same depth. The first outcome is to interrupt the monotony of the interior spaces, providing a powerful, aggressive impact, at the same time significantly improving the venue’s acoustics: music plays on, the flow of customers is considerable and yet it is possible to hold a conversation.
Having given Six Degrees a soul, the OOZN team turned their attention to the 4 areas that make up the venue; some are dedicated to socializing, others are for those who prefer to read quietly.
The finishings are rich in natural materials and relaxing colors, and the furniture is very simple, almost basic. A part of the floor lends a slight rustic touch with its wooden slats, while all the other surfaces are concrete or resin.
The walls and the ceiling where the laminated structure hangs are black, creating a fine contrast both for their color and their material.
Illumination comes from hanging lamps, one for each table. The illuminated strip that stretches – like a skirting board – between the walls and the floor is interesting, and very effective. It runs along the venue’s whole perimeter, sometimes oriented vertically, sometimes horizontally.
Six Degrees Cafe reveals itself suddenly and strikes you for its different simplicity and its character, both trendy and soft.