More than just an upgrade or facelift, Turning Point 2.0 is another entity entirely. Like a major change from iPhone 3 to iPhone 4, or from the white MacBook to the stainless steel version. It’s taking notes of what works in Turning Point 1.0, adding a lot of new things, and combining both in Turning Point 2.0.
Turning Point 2.0 is better, more fun, and more mature. The new place is located in corner area, giving them a lot more space to play around. It is the result of a partnership with a renowned architect studio, Studio Ton Ton, motored by Antony Liu. What comes out is one very well-designed space with strong, obvious architect touches here and there.
For instance, you can see that there is no corner or wall at Turning Point 2.0 left untouched. Every single one receives a treatment, so to speak. The most iconic wall is decorated with more than 5000 bottles. Despite using simple materials, that particular wall looks very sophisticated. There are quirky customized items as well, such as the acrylic-made table slash lamp, or the wooden IKEA stool legs that has been amalgamated with acrylic seats.
When not employing out-of-the-box ideas, it plays with simple yet expensive materials instead. Case on point: the toilet. One look and you’ll see that it’s not your ordinary sink or closet. Take a look at the lighting as well. Instead of using regular yellowish bulbs, they use long LED lights covered with some sort of thick material, which emits a soft glow. It creates almost zero shadow, making it possible to take indoor photos comfortably.
Another notable area is the third floor. It is not open for public and mostly used when Studio Ton Ton requires it for events. The floor is completely see-through, and there is a complicated equation behind it to make sure the floor can support the weight that they need. And let’s not forget about the remarkable aluminium foil-like walls that reflect light beautifully. It gets more beautiful as you get closer.
Perhaps it’s not right to say that Turning Point 2.0 is just another a coffee shop. With everything it has to offer, think of it as an architectural show-off. An art space that happens to have a coffee shop inside it, and the coffee shop still happens to be the best in Tangerang. With Melbourne-grad Joseph Erwin and Angeline Lauwrence behind it—the latter competed in a barista championship and reached the semis in national level—your coffee is in good hands.
This new space feels like a huge turning point for Turning Point. The quality is just as good as before, if not better. The service team on both the first and second floor are responsive, and somehow the teamwork in Turning Point 2.0 shows even better compared to the old place. Hot food is also available now, and they mean real business. From the simple and yet ‘ngangenin’ Pork Belly Bao to home made Gnocchi. Health conscious diner, worry not, they got you covered with salads and granola bowls. Over all, Turning Point successfully manages to find a sweet spot between what the audience wants and its own idealism. At the end of the day, that is what Turning Point 2.0 is all about.