“ 雨露给予生命之花的生长 ”——刘昊威
“Rain dew animates the growth to the flower of life” – Liu Haowei
Parkview Green is the most artistically infused mixed-use complex in Beijing. People who visit will immediately notice a pure, crisp-white piece of artwork suspended 100 meters off the ground in the heart of the building. This is the new work done by the architectural firm CAA lead by Liu Haowei, the Casa Talia restaurant.
▼CASA TALIA餐厅外观，exterior view of the CASA TALIA restaurant ©CAA Architects
▼餐厅坐落在芳草地中心塔楼的凹口处，the restaurant is located in the void space between the podium and tower of Parkview Green ©CAA Architects
The project, which is located in the void space between the podium and tower of Parkview Green where the renowned Dunhill restaurant used to occupy, is clearly visible from all angles of the central public space. The design is distinct from conventional commercial spaces because it separates the project into two parts: the exposed, public roof terrace, and an enclosed indoor space beside it. The public terrace has a height of seven meters, which provides a panoramic view of the four-story commercial culture of Parkview Green. With Dunhill’s departure, it allowed for the potential of a brand-new story to be told in its old location. The arrival of Casa Talia rejuvenated the story once again and the aerial landmark is restored.
▼餐厅爆炸轴测图，由公共露台空间与室内空间两部分组成，exploded axon of the restaurant consisting of an exposed, public roof terrace and an enclosed indoor space beside it ©CAA Architects
In ancient Hebrew, the word “Talia” signifies the dew of the heavens. Because of the restaurant’s Spanish heritage as well as its special location, CAA decided to integrate a surreal spatial expression conjugated with Mediterranean style. This “flower of life” being nourished by the raindrops above is most fitting to the restaurant’s branding concept. When people enter this radiant public space from different entrances, they’ll be able to marvel at this new-born installation. Like the goddess Venus saturated with rain, her elegance attracts all who pass by, yearning to investigate.
▼餐厅的公共露台空间，the exposed public roof terrace of the restaurant ©CAA Architects
▼餐厅的露台用餐区，设置了一个名为生命之花的白色装置，the roof terrace of the restaurant with a white installation named the flower of life ©CAA Architects
▼餐厅的露台用餐区，生命之花装置向外延伸的悬空部分最宽达到4米，the roof terrace of the restaurant, the flower of life cantilevers 4 meters from the ground ©CAA Architects
The rich natural lighting of the large roof is an important design feature of Parkview Green and so CAA took the same concept but altered it to suit an interior setting. It was designed to resemble a budding flower, growing from the inside to bloom at the heart of the commercial space that surrounds it. Some say it resembles a wave, a shell, a grail, and even the shape of someone’s palm cradling a pearl. In the perception of the architect, it can be any form of life bathing in the sun’s rays, warm and durable. This was the first impression of this space by the architect and thus evolved into a guiding concept for the entire project.
The flower of life cantilevers 4 meters from the ground, and as the highest prioritized design element, Liu Haowei believes that it must not only ensure its structural integrity, but more so needs to boast its elegant curvaceous form. The initial structural schematics proposed by the engineers were simple and conventional, and did not achieve the effect of the sought-after blooming flower. So, the architects had to continuously iterate and communicate with the engineers in order to achieve a fine balance between mechanics and aesthetics. After months of collaboration, the final structure stood gracefully and firmly at its site and could accommodate up to 50 people at once.
▼生命之花装置细节，details of the flower of life ©CAA Architects
▼生命之花将一层露台变为了双层露台，the flower of life transforms the single-floor terrace into a double-deck terrace ©CAA Architects
The flower of life transforms the single-floor terrace into a double-deck terrace. Through a small spiral staircase, you can ascend into the heart of the flower, which has a completely different special experience as the spaces below. The flower is a clean slate, free from outside interference, as if standing at the center of living organism, omniscient of the commercial and public areas of Parkview Green. In addition to the open terrace, there are also seats situated at the stem of the flower that are worth a special visit. With the flower pedal hanging above you, people are not only able to observe the culture of Parkview Green, but also can also appreciate the dome-like effect that the underside of the flower creates. With varying amounts of natural light throughout the day, they each create a unique experience by blending of natural and artificial lights.
▼二层露台，the upper terrace ©CAA Architects
▼连接上下层露台的旋转楼梯，the spiral staircase connecting two terraces ©CAA Architects
Walking into the interior of the restaurant, it’s as if one had entered a mysterious section of a grand religious sanctuary. The concrete skeletal structure forms a novel spatial system, interwoven with numerous layers, each with its own sense of fantasy. From simple, rectangular spaces, to endlessly fantastical caves, the magic of the newly erected skeletal structure is that it pulls people into a surreal dreamscape, drowning out the hustle and bustle of its surroundings.
▼餐厅内部，混凝土的骨骼结构形成新的空间体系，层层延伸有如幻境，interior view of the restaurant, the concrete skeletal structure forms a novel spatial system, interwoven with numerous layers ©CAA Architects
This mysterious spectacle does not only employ simply arcs, but rather utilize elegant complex curvatures to render and connect its ceiling, walls, and ground. The lighting hidden in the structure of its skeleton illuminates its associated textures. It unveils the alluring paradox between the concrete and corrugated metallic forms flaunting the contrast between warm and cold; only with flesh and blood can a structural space be brought to life.
▼富有张力的曲线从天花延伸到墙面，elegant complex curvatures connect ceiling and walls ©CAA Architects
▼混凝土与金属波纹的镜面形成明与暗、冷与暖的对比，it unveils the alluring paradox between the concrete and corrugated metallic forms flaunting the contrast between warm and cold ©CAA Architects
▼餐厅内部采用对称的结构，the interior space of the restaurant with a symmetrical structure ©CAA Architects
This symmetrical church-like structure dons only black, white, gray, and gold. CAA respects this formal atmosphere while also providing a rich and dynamic dining experience. From the cozy sofa, people are able to fully admire the majestic rotating staircase of the outer terrace.
▼从卡座沙发望出去，可以看见露台背面优美的旋转楼梯，from the sofa, people are able to fully admire the majestic rotating staircase of the outer terrace ©CAA Architects
The restaurant’s VIP room was designed with a cohesive inside-outside relationship in mind. This provides a private environment for patrons, while still maintaining its relationship with the external terrace through its use of a slightly different tint of color. In addition, the custom-made Nebula light not only illuminates the room but also gives it a nimble atmosphere.
▼餐厅深处的VIP空间，采用由外向内聚拢的围合设计，the restaurant’s VIP room designed with a cohesive inside-outside relationship ©CAA Architects
As one is standing on a bridge to admire the scenery, they might be unknown to the fact that somebody else might be admiring them. In the same way, when you decorate the windows to your house, the same window that you’ve decorated could appear in somebody else’s’ dream. In the situation of Casa Talia, each person has their own unique interactions and this unique communication between man and environment is what makes this installation rich and fulfilling. To Liu Haowei, no matter who or for what occasion people visit Casa Talia, he hopes that they will all be exposed to an interesting and extraordinary experience. He believes that the design of contemporary space is not necessarily only confined to design, but is also detrimental to the promotion of commerce in the area through the creation of a distinguished space. In fact, everything that is felt here through the senses breaks the boundary between the real and the virtual and is the direction that many corporations in the offline consumer market has sought to develop.
▼餐厅夜景，night view of the restaurant ©CAA Architects
▼平面布置图，layout plan ©CAA Architects
▼东立面图，east elevation ©CAA Architects
▼北立面图，north elevation ©CAA Architects
▼剖面图，section ©CAA Architects
设计团队：Edward Ednilao、张盼、Felix Amiss、任卓颖、邓越
灯光设计顾问 | 北京宁之境照明设计有限责任公司
建筑材料顾问 | 奇酷装饰材料(北京)有限公司
结构设计顾问 | 北京中帝恒成建筑设计有限公司
摄影&摄像：©CAA建筑事务所 | Felix Amiss、Edward Ednilao、任卓颖
Architect Studio: CAA Architects
Lead Architect: Liu Haowei
Design Team: Edward Ednilao, Zhang Pan, Felix Amiss, Ren Zhuoying, Dengyue
Lighting Consultant | Beijing Ningzhi Lighting Design Co., Ltd.
Material Consultant | Qi Ku (Bei Jing) Architectural Decoration Material Co.,Ltd
Structural Consultant | Beijing Zhongdihengcheng Architectual Design CO.LTD
Manufacture: Ya Xin(Bei Jing) Architectural Decoration Co.,Ltd
Design Date: 01/2019
Location: Parkview Green, Beijing
Photography & Video: ©CAA Architects | Felix Amiss, Edward Ednilao, Ren Zhuoying
Editor: Misaki, He Xuan