A cafe in China spills coffeehouse aroma in clean air thanks to a modular, indoor green garden

Beijing, Asia's economic powerhouse, is booming but the manufacturing-centric economy has taken its toll against the capital's air quality. According to Chinese scientists, the pollution to the atmosphere in Beijing resembles a nuclear winter. The smog is so thick that it blocks the sun and is posing a threat to the country's agricultural sector.

With China's air quality in mind, property developer Hongkun tapped Austrian architectural firm Penda to design a cafe that will give its customers a breath of fresh air. The café will be conducive to constant reinvention of the space and will rely on indoor plants to continuously supply fresh air.

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