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.
StarEight in WuXi, China by Panorama International Limited
March 25th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Panorama International Limited
“Starry Night Dining”
StarEight is a new steak house situated at one of the warehouse buildings within a 100-year old factory compound in the city of WuXi, China. A historical re-vitalization design strategy was adopted to preserve most of the original building features with addition of new mezzanine structure to maximize the spatial potentials and turned the old warehouse into a hip F&B landmark.
A main scene of “Starry Night Dining” was created to move the traditional Steak House dining experience to a new level of trendiness and romance. Various seating patterns were created in the two dining zones to cater for different customer needs:
Atrium Dining Zone –
Original building features of the10m high pitched roof skylight, truss structure, exterior brick & interior fare-faced cement walls, window frames were well-maintained and exposed to the eyes of the customers.
2m high bull-shaped partition made by knifes & forks gave clue and defined brand identity to the restaurant. Verticality & spaciousness of the atrium dining zone were emphasized through full-height mirror stainless steel wine rack and crystal chandelier above the VIP table. Ceiling suspended fibre optics in violet colour created starry night effect to the leather-upholstered central & periphery booth seating areas.
Mezzanine Dining Zone –
New built steel structure mezzanine floor was introduced to provide a semi-enclosed dining zone. VIP area with black & white bull-patterned ceiling-wall and floor lamps gave cosy & home feelings to the space, sliding semi-transparent curtains provided flexible partitioning for holding different events. The romantic starry night experience was finally completed at the black-mirrored washrooms and left an unforgettable memory to the customers.
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