Chatrium Yangon Chinese Restaurant
Thursday 08 May 2014
International architecture and interior design firm dwp were commissioned to completely renovate various areas of the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, one of the city’s top hotels, in a key central location. dwp’s scope included two guestroom types, the executive lounge, The Ritz Bar and the spa, as well as the all-day dining and Chinese restaurant.
The Chinese restaurant of the Chatrium Yangon posed an interesting design challenge. The essential point was to blend a new, contemporary design, with the existing spaces of the hotel. The concept of ‘Purity’ was chosen after much deliberation, derived from the country’s preserved culture and religion. The lotus flower was also selected as the perfect symbolic expression of this and is also part of the hotel’s logo, as an ideal bridging reference.
The main colour scheme for the Chinese restaurant was to be deep and rich, as a nod of respect to tradition. Strong colours of deep red, gold and highly contrasting dark grey were used to create a modern, polished, fine dining atmosphere, layered with texture. The central lounge area is surrounded by ivory-coloured, carved timber screening, patterned with the structure of lotus leaves, offering a touch of sheer privacy.
A soft, dreamy lotus-petal-style fabric accentuates the ceiling and lighting, while white furniture sits on a deep red area rug, decorated with traditional Chinese ink painting. The central red carpeting trail is reminiscent of a red carpet VIP treatment. Walls are painted with antique gold trim and molded detail. This is an effect softened in the private dining room, with padded panelling, which is covered in a luxurious gold lotus silk fabric and fine embroidery, to provide a warm vibrant ambience, yet coated in a fresh enlivening air. Many materials used in the hotel were sourced from Thailand, to ensure quality and craftsmanship.