Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Cornerstone Restaurant in Beijing CBD, China by Studio Ramoprimo
February 9th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Studio Ramoprimo
The restaurant is located on the south-west corner of a office tower in Beijing CBD district. Design started in 2010 and construction was completed in early 2011. It covers a surface of 360 sqm. The space is characterized by the use of two strong walls, which visually define the space organizing the functional program: kitchen, dining areas, bar counter, pizza area, wine cellar and lounge corner.
The mix of different natural and artificial materials (such wood, bricks, brushed steel plates, black iron profiles, reflecting glass and mirrors) offers a combination of rough and smooth surfaces introducing a sense of spatial tension in the generally cozy and warm atmosphere. The flooring of the lounge and the bar areas is light natural wood, randomly embellished with small irregular black spots, while the two main dining areas are elevated platforms covered by large dark wooden planks characterized by a strongly scratched surface which extends vertically on the pillars cladding. The two central walls are built as a collage of different patterns of coloured bricks (yellow, red and grey), in which the insertion of steel plates adds a detail of refinement.
RAMOPRIMO is a Beijing based group of architects, designers and urban planners working between Italy and China. The name of the studio refers to the name of some hidden lane of Venice and it’s the Italian translation of the Chinese term Tou Tiao, which indicates the first lane of a series of Hutong alleys in Beijing carrying the same name. It marks the beginning of an urban process. Our projects range from urban planning to graphic design, interior and architecture. In parallel with the design practice we are carrying on the INSTANT HUTONG project, investigating the process of rapid urbanization in China, the relations between social and physical aspects of everyday environment and the ways for people to reinterpret the urban landscape.
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