Zolaism Confectionery in China Architecture 12.02.2022 Architects B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio built a cafe inspired by the nature of the seaside town. The new Zolaism confectionery is located in Qinhuangdao, a coastal district of China, a three-hour drive from Beijing. The resort town and its nature inspired the architects, so they decided to create a place that will help people escape from the rhythm of city life and enjoy the serene tranquility in the company of delicious desserts. The cafe was located in an annex to the old cinema building, so the architects needed to harmoniously fit the structure into the urban environment, but at the same time make it unique. The studio drew inspiration from the beauty of the mountains and the sea: “Their tranquility and immensity allow visitors to return to their true nature”” “Space is not only a room for certain functions, but, more importantly, it is a carrier of emotions and memories”” the architects believe. They used huge boulders in the design, which play the role of supporting structures, zoning partitions, and, most importantly, decorative elements that create a sense of relaxation in nature for guests. Frameless glass walls let a lot of natural light into the space and offer visitors a panoramic view of the city. There are no usual partitions in the cafe, and isolated rest rooms are hidden in some stones. The blocks look as natural as possible, nevertheless they are made by pouring fiberglass and covered with concrete, which resembles the texture of stone.