The strategy for GUSTO can be regarded as a radical translation of typical retro Hong Kong elements. The generic wave-profiled steel window frame is extensively employed in this double-storey cafe, not for framing any window for there is none here, but as wall and ceiling finishes. Industrial wire-cased lamps are used as the only source of illumination. Together with the chop board cahiars, random-buttoned sofa and bar counter in broken timber doors, the design gives an iconoclastic environment for a cup of coffee.