ChaiMenHui Restaurant – HUMMINGBIRD – This is a good opportunity for us to have more space and time to consider the relationship between Chinese gardens and inner architectural spaces, and learn something from it. It gives us a deeper understanding of the landscape and lights and shadows in fine dining restaurants.
Architizer chatted with Jiajun TANG and Rene LIU from HDC Design to learn more about this project.
Architizer: What inspired the initial concept for your design?
Jiajun TANG and Rene LIU: The inspiration came from the Lingering Garden in Suzhou.
What do you believe is the most unique or ‘standout’ component of the project?
The most unique part is to simulate natural light in the interior to express the landscape and space.
What was the greatest design challenge you faced during the project, and how did you navigate it?
The biggest challenge was to present the freedom and wildness of oriental gardens, rather than a lifeless feeling, so we discussed with the client a lot about this. First, more areas are left to the landscape as much as possible, at the same time, the interior has sense of outdoor air through many lighting experiments.
What drove the selection of materials used in the project?
In the interior space, we try to use just 4 or 5 kinds of materials, even just 2 kinds in some areas, wood and stone are the two main materials.
What is your favorite detail in the project and why?
My favorite detail is the landscape number on the entrance wall, which makes all consumers feel interesting and connected with the East.
How important was sustainability as a design criteria as you worked on this project?
We have paid attention to sustainability from the beginning of the design, hoping that it can be a process and state that can be maintained for a long time. Therefore, we use as few synthetic or chemical materials as possible in the design scheme and materials, and reduce energy consumption through reasonable layout.
How have your clients responded to the finished project?
They are very satisfied.
How do you believe this project represents you or your firm as a whole?
The style of HDC Design is diverse, and this project reflects our attention to detail and quality.
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