Java Creative Café | Art space | Cambodia

Java Creative Café | Art space | Cambodia

• café • artistic space • concept store

Established since 2000, Java Creative Café is also a community art space. It is considered as a precursor leader in the Cambodian contemporary art field. It hosts hundreds of exhibitions, and provides space for talk shows, live performances, visual arts, collaboration and experimentation.

Java was created for art & people, settled around the café space, with many creative programs and art community. As an example, JavaArts activity shows works of young and emerging Khmer artists. It is a platform for supporting contemporary visual arts in Cambodia and Southeast Asia.

One of special performances in Java was the Spirit of Khmer Dance, art piece from  Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA—Cambodia’s first gay dance company, with the aim to both ” preserve and give a freshness to a revered national art form, and in the process help challenge the notion that being gay means going against tradition”.

Last year, in cooperation with Mrs Dana Langlois – founder and owner at Java Creative Café, we had planned to design the light for her third Java branch, in Toul Tom Poung.

Transformed from an old factory, the owner wanted to keep its existed structure and convert it into a modern café space. The industrial design style was mainly focused on the café and the black box theater.

The lighting  has been thought to sublimate art performances of organized events. Taking into account the variety of events and art pieces configurations & installations.

Beside, the lighting intention was to create refresh & cozy ambiance of a modern café. Using the light to connect people with spaces, and creating a community rich of art and activities.

Moreover, lights have been designed considering the interior design, sustainable architecture and also to respect Java’s spirit. We were concerned on not creating further light pollution & disturbances.


Client: Java Creative Café

Interior Designer: T3 Architects

Photographer: Bruce Vincentiis

Lighting designer: kobi lighting studio

Scope of lighting design: lighting concept | design development | detail design | pre-sourcing