Set in a busy hospital precinct, the restaurant offers an array of Asian fusion cuisine in an up-market cafeteria-style restaurant, incorporating Asian elements with modern design. The client hired an interior designer and wanted to check the Feng Shui before completion.
Design modification based on orientation and mathematical Feng Shui calculations:
1. The client wanted advice on fish tank location. Placed at the main entry it acts as a barrier called a 'spirit wall,' ‘yingbi’; in Chinese architecture to prevent ill winds entering. According to Feng Shui the entrance is prosperous; water and movement activates good qi (life force), and there are no 'ill winds' here. Upon entry, the spirit wall guides patrons to the right; carrying prosperous 'wind' to the counters, to place orders and pre-pay. A red floor guides the way to the coffee station. In summer the bi-fold doors open and coffee benches on castors roll into place.
2. An existing doorway facilitates entry from the busy walkway, framed by water fountains flowing down the windows.
3. The north east/east door is preferred for alfresco dining. Door (4.) is blocked off because it brings potentially problematic issues into the building (according to Feng Shui calculations).
5. The south east door to the WC's is also locked. A golden dragon image on the wall prevents disharmony.
6. Coffee sales window to catch patrons approaching the coffee shop next door.
7. Office door relocation allows larger coffee station and makes office more accessible from kitchen area.
8. Office management should not sit with their back to the door.
10. Preferred entry point to the kitchen area is also more practical for food service from both kitchens.
11. Kitchen area has an indication of fire hazard. There was no way to modify the location, I recommended earth-coloured floor and walls wherever possible (earth absorbs fire).
- Avoid red colour in alfresco dining area, red/fire in this case is an irritant. (pictures are black umbrellas and yellow partitions - as suggested).
- Red/fire instead, is welcome at the main entrance (location of fish tank, pictured).