The design is inspired by the natural and austere aesthetics of American Shakers, which has a great impact on American decorations and contemporary Scandinavian design. Both of the BEES’KNEES restaurants feature simple, practical and elegant decorations in accordance with the Shakers’ style as well as Atelier A’s philosophy that values utility and quality.
The theme colour of the Hang Lung restaurant is olive green, the same as its logo. The original walls of grey concrete blocks are preserved. Plant troughs and columns are paved with pink tiles to lighten the natural and simple atmosphere.
The ‘peg rail’, a horizontal pelmet, is a typical element of Shakers decoration. The rail leaves a proportionally agreeable line on the walls and the pegs can be used to hung pots, pans and chopping boards to save storage space and create a homelike atmosphere.
In order to create a terrace within the shopping mall, the façade has been moved inwards. A distinction is made between the ‘indoor’ space with wooden floor and white ceiling and the ‘outdoor’ terrace with cement floor and green ceiling. The back of house is placed as a functional block. One of its walls is connected to the façade as a contrast to the open terrace, and ensures the continuity of the space and directness of the emergency route.
As for the MixC restaurant, slight adjustments are made in space and materials. Its terrace is extended to the corridor, which is available for use. As it is located on the B1 floor, wood cannot be used for decoration according to fire safety regulations. Therefore, hot rolled steel is used for shelves, rails and decorative lines to conform to the uniformed façade of the shopping mall. The original concrete blocks are kept as much as possible except for the newly built part which is paved with warm red bricks to soften the tonality of the space.