Bars and clubs
Morph is a mixed-use space with a total construction area of 1,000sqm. The client hopes to build a vigorous and brand new social space, to introduce and hold various cultural, artistic and musical events, with a view to bringing new vitality to the city.
In terms of the materials palette, the designers used sand color and dark to set the overall tone of the space and balance the proportions of other high-saturation colors and utilize some traditional and local materials to collide with the modern interior structural forms, and fuse gradually-forgotten Chinese old elements with international modern designs and aesthetics in an innovative manner, thereby presenting the evolution of design.
Xi'an, an ancient city, has a long history and culture. It is one of the four ancient capitals in the world, the starting point of the Silk Road, and the city retains a complete ancient city wall. The design elements of the project come from the gate vault of the ancient city wall. This symbol extends from the exterior to the interior.
The interior features the bar, dessert display area and open west kitchen, created with a free, open and interactive dining space atmosphere. The whole space is based on the original concrete surface texture, with a strong modern architectural language.
Restaurants and cafés
The Heroic is a small shop redefining what it is to create the hero sandwich. It is a multi-layered space: a lunchtime sandwich spot offering wine on the call and a secret urban garden, furthering the presentations of the chef and offering communal wine dinners.
The design occurs by imposition and mirroring, by the reach of one object, one material into another dimension. The blood red light hangs from a heavy tube steel, beginning in the upper deli, arching down to crown the server taking orders on the main floor. This visually unites an upper space. It is the reach of the mighty, the one common bond that binds the two together.
HEY BIRD is located in CBD of Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. It meets the challenge on offering good coffee in an area whose audience are high-standard. It is requested to be a social coffee space, while people can be immersed in elegant and artistic atmosphere.
Specialty coffee is more about sharing the best of coffee, the taste as well as its culture. Therefore, the 140 sq m of space is mostly open and social-oriented, as a warm welcome for people expecting a nice talk with baristas and their friends. Also, it is inspirational for creative minds, who can always meet their sparkles in the artistic installations given by the brand spirits.
Yapa is an immersive izakaya serving Nikkei fare in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. Helmed by bar maven and a Peruvian born chef, the name means that little bit extra. The project is a natural, earthy and playful enclave of urban refuge in downtown LA.
It plays on a mid-century aspect, that is very of Los Angeles. It has the sparseness, typical to an izakaya, and a Latin bent in texture and color. Like the cuisine it plates, it is a fusion of Japanese and Latin culture, and occurs with a blended, historically, Japanese-American neighborhood.
Hotels, bed-and-breakfast facilities and other overnight accommodation
It’s a 232 sq m house of wooden structure and mud walls in village Qinglongwu. The architect regenerated the old building to a capsule hostel that can accommodate 20 people with a community bookstore and library into the 7.2m high two-storey space. To convert it to be a mix-use space, the biggest challenge is to ensure the privacy of the accommodation area while giving openness and continuity to the public areas within such a compact space.
After removing the original floors and partition walls, the architect opened the ground floor for library, and placed two independent “floating” structures above it. Each of the sectors is equipped with 10 capsule rooms and one bathroom, separately for male and female guests. Instead of a regular floor height, we divided the floating mass by 1.35m - a height that allow people to sit in the capsule rooms hidden behind the bookshelves.
The ground floor elevator lobby features exquisite displays by acclaimed floral designer Jeff Leatham. The glass express elevators rise up and out of the podium along the northern façade, revealing stunning views of the city, carrying guests and visitors up to the hotel reception on level 60.
On arrival guests are greeted by the first glimpses of the panoramic views, and the glowing onyx wall of the reception desk. Guests are then led through the axial flower-lined canyon towards the soaring triple-height Jean-Georges restaurant.
The Naera Hotel is next to the ancient town of Xitang, It’s a typical typical Jiangnan garden. The næra have five dark ‘boxes’ with different lengths located at the waterside, existing independently but looking at and reflecting each other. They are unified with the interior and the landscape, separated from the main body of the architecture, forming a contemporary line of sight and a slight visual confrontation with the pavilion. At the same time, the path and the moving line of the "garden", including the pattern of light entering and changing, are also defined.
Restaurant, musical room, tea room, study room, bar... They not only satisfy practical functions, but also take into account the aesthetic taste.