QU barbecue restaurant is located in Wujiaochang, Shanghai. Its main business model is selling night snack. The design concept is about drama stage. The brick building built with new art elements using red light and shadow as the main visual tone. The whole area is divided into two main ‘boxes’. The staircase is the step of the stage leading people towards to the central dining area which is the stage of the whole performance.
▼入口楼梯与前厅整体概览，Overall overview of entrance staircase and foyer ©Dazhuang
Through the stairs of the front hall, the handrail which is made of old cold-rolled steel plate acting as the boundary. The cut-out round hole shape combines light and shadow to satisfy the actual function, which also improves aesthetic. Using mirror material on the top makes the dinning area become mysterious. As people walk on it, the reflection on the top surface is also being one of the elements in the whole show.
The staircase is the step of the stage ©Dazhuang
Hollow block brick with mirrored ceiling ©Dazhuang
detail of the handrail ©Dazhuang
Under the concept of creating a sense of order, we hope that the space would have more spiritual connotation combining with the functions of the spaces and catering purpose. It creates a mysterious atmosphere space with light, energy and balance as well.
viewing the dining area in front of the staircase ©Dazhuang
mysterious atmosphere space with light ©Dazhuang
The central spaces of the stage is made of stainless steel with random patterns on it, which can be switched into moving scene for the diner. We aim to create a space with clear functionality and create an atmosphere of excellent dining experience at the same time. The dining area has a stronger division between light and shadow space, which increases the mutual connection of vision. It creates dark and mysterious atmosphere space and establishes a stronger feeling for the users shuttling through the space rather than the food itself, through modern concise architectural techniques and material languages.
▼用餐区，dining area ©Dazhuang
the stainless steel curtain background is like the mysterious curtain of Broadway ©Dazhuang
using red light and shadow as the main visual tone ©Dazhuang
Moreover, a large numbers of mirror stainless steel adding into the space strengthens the sense of extension of the space. The boundary of the walls is deliberately set up, with round and luminous stainless steel doors. The custom glass bricks and the stainless steel curtain background which is like the mysterious curtain of Broadway forms a unique dining atmosphere with a sense of future.
The custom glass bricks wall ©Dazhuang
detail of the glass brick ©Dazhuang
The design of the restrooms uses the same style. It gives a sense of order into the channel along with the linear light-emitting tubes and stainless steel wash basins. That is all about the existence of people also being as an independent molecule corresponding to the space. Thus people in the space could achieve energy exchange. As a result, the purpose is to achieve a balance between people and space.
Project Name: QU barbecue restaurant
Studio: Woodo Studio
Completion date: 2021.5
Design team: Woodo Studio
Project address: Shanghai
Floor Area: 400㎡
Material: red block hole brick, cement paint, hollow glass brick, cold rolled steel plate