Gray bricks, black tiles, green painted window frames and vermillion painted door pillars, what a worldly courtyard. That’s where this new Beijing style restaurant used to be.
Yet, the new courtyard is located on Xiu Shui Street, next to Chang An CBD, the international tourism and private trading center of Beijing. Considering the surroundings, we need to figure out a way of fusing together the pleasant slow life of courtyard with Chang An street’s modern commercial centers. We can’t simply take what it used to be and copy it, a new image needs to be reborn from the old style to serve international customers and the future.
▼餐厅概览，overall view ©鲁鲁西
“what to be kept, what to be created”? led the direction of design. Enclosed spatial form is the vital spirit of a courtyard, that must be kept. And the color scheme shall be in red and green, to retain as the aesthetic of Chinese poem “red plumb and green thin”. Architect forms shall be able to create a new look for the courtyard by following the law of simplification and art of deception.
▼延续“红肥绿瘦”的诗意， the aesthetic of Chinese poem “red plumb and green thin” ©鲁鲁西
Charm of the Chinese courtyard circulates from the entrance to the most inner side of the restaurant. If attention is paid, the whole space has a descending color tone, transit from dark to light.
Vermillion is chosen for the entrance, as it is Chinese people’s favorite color, representing hospitality and celebertion. The reception area looks like a ‘house’, formed by the side wall and pitched roof over it. And the rear wall behind the reception likes a screen wall. Both the ‘house’ and the ‘screen wall’ are essential elements of a courtyard. A bird cage is hanging over the entrance. Life slows down right at the moment when customers hear the Beijing accent ‘Ni Hao’ from the parrot. The Beijing style greeting is rich in history and yet so realistic.
▼店面入口区域，the front hall ©鲁鲁西
Go in further, gray bricks, dark tiles, green windows, and red doorway formed the space, reminding you of Siheyuan, but they all look differently from the ones in a real Siheyuan. These unique elements, derived from the courtyard, but visualized by modern design language with simplicity, is the fusion of tradition and contemporary. The space is enclosed in a square shape in the same way of a Siheyuan, yet the houses and round pillars in Siheyuan is replaced by modern materials. Green painted girders formed pitched roofs with different elevation, covered by gray tiles, like the houses and corridors in a Siheyuan typically do. The corridor goes along symmetrically, precisely expressed the beauty of neat and order. Tables and seats are placed under the pitched roof, like sitting in a ‘house’, connected and open. In this way, the courtyard get its unique new touch.
▼绿色金属喷漆的方管架构起人字形的屋顶，green painted girders formed pitched roofs with different elevation ©鲁鲁西
▼青砖、灰瓦、绿窗朱户，gray bricks, dark tiles, green windows, and red doorway ©鲁鲁西
▼空间细节，detailed view ©鲁鲁西
▼就餐区分区示意，dining area layout ©无序建筑设计
Chinese style window frame creates not only partition, but also life experience. At the center of the courtyard, green painted metal window frames formed 4 dining areas, each is relatively seclude, but open for interaction. Inside the window frames and its surroundings, the partitions, the void and the structures, all together formed the courtyard, and each element itself is also an enjoyable scene. As the ancient said: beauty may not need to be found travel far, all the things we see are painting of great art.
▼绿色金属窗格隔出四组就餐区，green painted metal window frames formed 4 dining areas ©鲁鲁西
As it is in Chinese Rites, the honored sits at the north. Private dining rooms are therefore located at the north side. The architect form of corridor is consistent with the public area, with vermillion paint. The color is not exquisitely ornate, but it represents honorable status. Sitting alongside the window, you can feel the novel collision and consistency of the scenes outside the window and in the buildings.
▼包间外观，private dining room exterior view ©鲁鲁西
▼包间内部，private dining room interior view ©鲁鲁西
▼包间窗景，view from the dining room ©鲁鲁西
Ancient, but not obsolete. Antique and novelty is perfectly blended. That creates a deeper tranquility and greater peace of mind. The ancient rhymes of the courtyard are manifested in a unique new form.
▼用餐空间细节，dining area detailed view ©鲁鲁西