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.
Urban in Hong Kong, China by Joey Ho Design Limited
July 11th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Joey Ho Design Limited
Located in an exclusive mall in the heart of Hong Kong. The brief is to elevate this restaurant into a playful and casual gourmet concept, and allowing customers not only a place to refuel, but to socialize with friends and colleagues, which is the true essence of urban lifestyle.
The design of this restaurant is inspired by the context of Hong Kong metropolis which is full of contrasts and contradictions. The restaurant interior contains a collection of images that summaries the impression of an urban city. We divided the restaurant into three areas ‘‘the market place’’, a side walk café and a ‘‘city square’’.
The open kitchen is designed like a stand-along market place using industrial materials such as ‘‘I’’ beams and cables forming varies market food counters such as the bakery stall, salad bar, dessert station and coffee stand to complement the menu. A walking path was created along the ‘‘market place’’ and seats are arranged along the path and overlooks to the shopping mall’s atrium just like the side-walk café. A communal table brings strangers together and allows customers to take part in a more interactive, group eating experience.
The restaurant interior contains a collection of images that summarise the impression of an urban city. Within the core area of the restaurant a graffiti installation was used to set a strong contract within this luxury mall and it is blended with the ceiling design. Where the false ceiling is cut-out to form the silhouette of Hong Kong’s skyline at the same time expose part of the raw ceiling. Portuguese street artist VHILS was selected for his unique drill-and chisel graffiti that combines human portrait and typography, creating a mural inspired by a collection of images which summarizes his impression of Hong Kong. Through this piece of work, he tried to explore the unique interplay of the multi-layered city and the people who live here.
Other design details that portrays the contradictory reality of the urbanscape include the hilarious burned out neon sign “Bakery Open” which turnes into ‘‘Bar open’’, the “chandelier” above the communal table constructed with water pipes, and the round cast iron legs of the tables that mimick manhole covers.
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