Located in a heritage building in Fengsheng Li in the center of Shanghai, CHARCOHOL is a restaurant and cocktail bar specializing in charcoal-grilled global cuisine and craft cocktails. STUDIO8 was commissioned to design the visual identity, architecture re-use, interior, landscape and soft decoration for the project.
▼鸡尾酒餐吧外观，exterior view of the restaurant & cocktail bar ©张大齐
▼空间轴测图，section axon ©八荒设计
Creating an exclusive food experience always starts with a strong concept in mind, which gradually evolves until it’s finalized with carefully selected details. When Chef Mandela Zhu first met STUDIO8’s design principals, Shirley and Andrea, he told them the food and drinks of his new bar are greatly inspired by forest and fire. The miraculous chemistry of taste happens when carefully selected simple ingredients are cooked at the right temperature for the right time. In a way, design is very similar to culinary arts. STUDIO8 was very inspired by the chef’s cooking principles in all of their F&B projects. This is why Shirley and Andrea named the restaurant CHARCOHOL, a combination of charcoal and alcohol, also the concept of CHARCOHOL’s logo.
▼餐吧入口，the entrance ©张大齐
STUDIO8 embarked on creating a space that reflects the chef’s vision and ultimately goes beyond it. Inspired by the transformative nature of charcoal and its role in food creation, the design unfolds around an axis of time, crossed by an axis of temperature.
▼时间轴，the axis of time ©八荒设计
▼温度轴，the axis of temperature ©八荒设计
From south to north, stretching across the main entrance, three dining halls conceptualize the transformation of wood to charcoal and finally to ash. The notion of the dining concept is summed up in the small portico at the entrance, where a half-burnt wooden column hangs from the ceiling and ends in a lava stone block on the floor, welcoming the guests.
▼从室内空间看入口玄关，viewing the foyer from the interior space ©张大齐
▼入口玄关，一根从天花悬落至半空的木桩，从天花起，由木逐渐燃烧至木炭，直至地面火山岩制成的黑色“碳”底座，the foyer with a half-burnt wooden column hanging from the ceiling and ending in a lava stone block on the floor ©张大齐
▼玄关木桩和火山岩底座细节，details of the wooden column and the lava stone block in the foyer ©张大齐
▼第一个餐吧空间 – 玄廊，木地板和穿插的绿色家具代表了“木”的森林概念，the first dining hall – arcade with wood flooring and the green furniture, presenting a concept of the forest of wood ©张大齐
▼玄廊餐吧，保留了原建筑门廊立面的砖墙，the arcade dining hall, preserving the untouched original walls of the building ©张大齐
▼玄廊餐吧细节，details of the arcade dining hall ©张大齐
Consequently, the first hall implements wood flooring and preserves the untouched original walls of the building, while the main hall is converted to total black. At the end of the space follows the third hall, which once again shows some of the original brick wall and is finished with white-grey plastered walls. A glass box with ashes adorns this space as well. In the orthogonal direction, one can observe the temperature axis, spanning from the kitchen to the fireplace and projected on the ground through reddish tiles.
In line with the concept, each dining hall obtains its own particular ambience from partially custom-made furniture, lighting and installation. The wood hall opens towards the main plaza of Fengsheng Li, where sunlight shines through the trees onto the brick walls. In the center of CHARCOHOL is the main black hall, the most intimate and cozy area in the whole space. The rough texture of the black walls and floors reflects light differently throughout the day, creating a changing ambience. At the cross of the time and the temperature axes, above the bar, a giant installation of fanned palm leaves arranged by STUDIO8 hangs underneath the reflective stainless steel dome, celebrating the banquet of food and drink. Along the time axis in the ash area, another installation made of banana leaves and eucalyptus seeds hangs like a bouquet chandelier, representing renewal from ash.
▼吧台正中时间轴与温度轴交叉位置上的大型蒲葵装置，由天花的镜面穹顶反射延伸，at the cross of the time and the temperature axes, above the bar, a giant installation of fanned palm leaves hangs underneath the reflective stainless steel dome ©张大齐
▼黑色的主厅，the black main hall ©张大齐
▼主厅的用餐空间，墙面和地面都有随着光影变化的粗糙肌理，the dining area in the black main hall with the rough texture of the black walls and floors reflecting light differently throughout the day ©张大齐
▼主厅用餐空间细节，details of the dining area in the black main hall ©张大齐
▼灰白色的后室空间，中心的小镜面穹顶下悬挂了预示重生的芭蕉叶和尤加利果装置，the white-grey ash arcade, the installation made of banana leaves and eucalyptus seeds hangs like a bouquet chandelier, representing renewal from ash ©张大齐
▼后室局部，partial view of the ash arcade ©张大齐
▼后室细节，details of the ash arcade ©张大齐
▼家具细节，furniture details ©张大齐
▼空间细节，space details ©张大齐
▼餐吧入口轴测，采用与整个建筑立面完全分离的独立钢结构、玻璃系统，axon of the entrance, the newly added steel and glass structure is completely detached from the original building ©八荒设计
Considering that the restaurant occupies a historic house in the center of Shanghai, the renovation demands a respectful attitude towards the architectural heritage. Therefore, special details were developed to connect the new facade elements and the old structure. The newly added steel and glass structure is completely detached from the original building, and a system of special wall washer lighting highlights the beauty of the architecture, giving it the quality of a museum.
▼外墙细节，新建的钢结构和玻璃系统并不触碰原建筑立面，exterior wall details, the newly added steel and glass structure is completely detached from the original building ©张大齐
▼外立面细节，details of the exterior wall ©张大齐
▼墙面细节，wall details ©张大齐
▼室外花园轴测图，axon of the outdoor seating area ©八荒设计
CHARCOHOL also has an outdoor seating area, which carries on the design of the ash area and is an extension of the temperature axis. The main feature here is the glass room, where guests can enjoy freshly baked food from the nearby brick stove. The garden also has a mix of aromatic flowers and herbs, some of which are used in the kitchen.
▼入口处的室外休息区，the outdoor rest area at the entrance ©张大齐
▼室外花园是“温度轴”的延伸，the outdoor seating area which is an extension of the temperature axis ©张大齐
▼花园的中心是一个烧烤私宴功能的玻璃耐候钢板的阳光房， the main feature here is the glass room, where guests can enjoy freshly baked food from the nearby brick stove ©张大齐
▼室外花园的休闲座椅区，the seating area ©张大齐
▼室外花园局部，partial view of the outdoor seating area ©张大齐
▼平面布置图，layout plan ©八荒设计
▼家具布置，the furniture ©八荒设计
主创建筑师： Shirley Dong (董雪莲), Andrea Maira
摄影：Sven Zhang 张大齐
品牌/产品：本土, Lost&Found, 吱音，不造，ZARA HOME，AYTM，PUEBCO，Mosa
Project Name: CHARCOHOL Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Lead Architects: Shirley Dong, Andrea Maira
Design Firm: STUDIO8
Project Location: No. 18, Fengshengli,Lane 245 North Maoming Road, Shanghai
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Built Area: 300sqm
Photo Credits: Sven Zhang
Collaborators: Studio8 design team
Materials: wood, corten, steel, stainless steel, concrete, tiles, copper, brass
Brands: Bentu, Lost&Found, Ziin, Zaozuo, Zara Home, Aytm, Puebco, Mosa
Construction Company: Shanghai Tuoqi Construction and Decoration Co., Ltd