Beijing INX DESIGN Co. pairs traditional culture and contemporary aesthetics at Huda Restaurant in Beiijing
WU Wei of Beijing INX DESIGN Co. was recently approached by Huda Restaurant to supervise the renovation of a restaurant situated in Siheyuan (a heritage type of house typical for Beiijing) in the core area of Beijing.
“Siheyuan, is to Beijing as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris and the pyramids are to Egypt. It is a unique urban symbol formed by a certain architectural form which continues to this day. Nowadays diverse formats are flourishing in Siheyuan, for example: Huda Restaurant. In this case, we combined the traditional Siheyuan with the contemporary spirit of space and the demands of new formats. He created a story-like and entertaining dining venues with innovative thinking. As the traditional culture carrier of Beijing, Siheyuan represents the inheritance of city context under the changes of times. The enclosed courtyard is spacious. And the four-sided houses are both independent and connected by verandas. We restored the classical veranda and courtyard space in order to reproduce the sense of ritual system in Chinese classical culture and make the restaurant interior more dimensional feeling and administrative levels. The catering culture is to some extent a manifestation of the regional spirit. Therefore, the ceiling of the courtyard was given Beijing’s iconic red color. At the same time, we connected the unique metal grille with the ancient building to form a new architectural form which has become one of the most compelling details of this project. The use of primitive and rustic cement walls endows people with great imagination space. The designer gives this space a romantic atmosphere through star-like chandeliers and a variety of green plants. Imagination and creativity are fundamental to design. Cement and metal melt into the original wooden structure space order of Siheyuan which let this restaurant’s interior space create its own system. Inside the restaurant, there are separate private rooms of different sizes connected by verandas. The background wall of the private rooms uses the red space tone while shaping the modernity with rippled linesIn addition, we use sliding partitions to separate the spaces, forming a variety of spatial size combinations to meet different dining needs. The courtyard building is the embodiment of the classical Chinese Confucian spirit. I hope to continue this traditional spirit in the contemporary context through design. Therefore the project represents traditional symbols, a fusion of experience rather than a stacking space for traditional symbols,” explains Wu Wei, Lead Architect
- Location: Beijing, China
- Date completed: 2019
- Size: 8,180 square feet
- Design: Beijing INX DESIGN Co.
- Lead Architect: Wu Wei
- Photos: Shi Yunfeng