Project Explanation Restaurant Bund No.8 is located on the Bund, the historical architectural preservation area in Shanghai, China, with a marvelous view over both the historic and new-developed Shanghai. This restaurant is on the top floor of the Bund No. 8, where a dignified and high-quality interior design were required by client, especially for the main private room. The interior consists of an entrance hall, five private rooms, an open area with a bar counter, and a terrace overlooking the Bund. When entering the space, there is an elongated entrance hall with marble running through the floor, wall and ceiling. Here, the design team tried to create an unreal space by playing with reflections of marble stone and repetitions of light, so that the guests' expectations could be exceeded. The open area adopted an arched ceiling in order to apply the maximum height of ceiling. The side facing the terrace is designed as a skip floor which was raised one step up so as to have continuity with the terrace and to create a dinning space with different eye levels and various spatial characteristics . The private rooms are designed as calm spaces with dignity and elegance. Five different-size of rooms are placed at both sides of a narrow corridor decorated with lined wooden louvers. All doors are hidden, so that the inside space and outside space are linked up, meanwhile guests can still enjoy a comfortable private time. Contrary to open area, warm materials such as wood, leather and drapery are used extensively, making it a refined but calm space. On the wallside, windows are designed to screenshot the landscape of the Bund and artworks which reffered to the Bund are carefully chosen in order to add color to the whole space. The open-air terrace overlooks the buildings of Bund and Lujiazui, which is designed to function as a bar lounge area where guests can spend comfortable and relaxing time . Both box sofa seats and counter seats are arranged to make sure guests can have dinner on terrace with nice whether.
Inspiration The design is inspired by the uniqueness of the site, the Bund. Especially the reflections of water and the historic buildings surrounded by the Huangpu River. The design team focuses on the heavy sense of those formal historical buildings around and incorporate it into the restaurant design.
Materials Several types of natural marbles are used as interior materials. Different types of stone are used for different areas for different intentions. For entrance hall, stones are cut out from large format, and when arranging, all the stones are aligned by texture,through which the design team tries to create a wonderful entrance hall with delicate pattern that reminds guests of water flow. Consistency is considered when designing the floor, the wall and the ceiling for entrance hall,aiming to create a luxury space that seams to be made by one single piece of stone. On the other hand, the open area used four different types of marble stones, which were patched up side by side to make a bright and relaxing expression that emphasizes on the open dining atmosphere.
Technical Properties The ceiling of the open area has an arch shape. In order to make the arched ceiling look artistic, the team designs it differently from general ceiling facility placement. Especially, since the ceiling has a curved surface, air conditioning machine is placed in high position, adopting a side-blowing method from the descending ceiling surface . Air conditioner’s efficiency is improved by the curved ceiling ,which guides air from the lateral direction towards a higher position along the curved surface ,through which process a flow of air circulation is created in the space. When designing the air conditioning outlet, the height of the slit shape is made about 6 cm to weaken the sense of presence of the outlet so as to harmonize it with the design of the entire space .