Freezing winter constantly reminds people how thrilling it is when spring comes with dancing petals in the sky. In Japan, hanami is an annual event for reunion, where people sit down and enjoy delicious food with their family and friend under the blooming cherry tree. Sited at the heart of Chaoyang district Beijing, this fine dining restaurant of Japanese hotpot was designed based on this idea and hope for offering a hanami-like ambience. Different with the seriousness or solemnity in most of the fine dining places, Ran Guo aimed to be relatively casual and relaxing, which caused by the popularization of hanami. Countless wood carvings on façade of the private room visualized the shape of wind. Embedded inside façade, the lighting system illuminated the shape of cherry petal, depicting a scenery of floating petals.
▼火锅店外立面，exterior view of the restaurant ©Ruijing Photo
Speaking of the private room, the open kitchen, bar counter as well as other seats were scattered around the private rooms. Additionally, in order to take advantage of the 8-meter-high ceiling, it was vertically divided into 2 boxes, the one below is the private room while another one hid the air condition and ventilation appliance for common area and private room. At the same time, plug was installed at a lower spot.
Those box-like existences that are compact and undulating seem to bring pressure when seen in distance though, by shrinking the scale of other elements in this space, an intimacy reveals when stepping inside, just like wandering through alleys in Japan.
▼轴测图，空间中散落着很多紧凑且连续的盒子样的体块，the axon of the restaurant with box-like existences that are compact and undulating ©Ruijing Photo
Along with the sunset, sunlight reflecting on the glass façade disappeared, giving a chance for the internal to show off its beautiful appearance in the dusk. It is hard to neglect it as those wood carvings are sparkling.
▼餐厅外观，质朴的由盒子组成的体块在暮色中隐约浮现，exterior view of the restaurant, the internal boxes show off their beautiful appearances in the dusk ©Ruijing Photo
Interspace can be found among those compactly laid boxes when walking, bringing more interesting visual experience. Besides, within the interspace, a micro garden was built to be the entrance of the private room, meanwhile, by visually overlapping and sheltering, to save the privacy due to the location of the entrance.
▼堆积的盒子中不时出现特意留出的空隙，利用空隙搭建微型花园，形成私人包间的入口，within the interspace, a micro garden is built to be the entrance of the private room ©Ruijing Photo
Walking through a cluster of ‘boxes’, horizon expanded in a second, following with the open kitchen, bar counter and seats. The wide view positively brought chief a vigorous atmosphere.
▼开放式吧台和散座区域，the bar counter and seats ©Ruijing Photo
Upon every private room, the application of six different kinds of wood aimed to simulate the pattern of moving wind. Ceiling of every private room was made up of glass, not only promising the privacy and a clear view of the wood carving but also amusing patrons by bringing them immersive.
▼从开放式吧台看到的包间景观，view of private room from bar counter ©Ruijing Photo
建筑事务所:odd (okamoto deguchi design)设计事务所
项目建筑师: 冈本 庆三 \ 出口 勉 \ 伍卓赵艺 \ 张艺萌 \ 曹博
摄影师：锐景摄影 —— 广松美佐江/宋昱明
project title: Ran Guo Japanese Hotpot Restaurant
Architecture Firm: okamoto deguchi design
Architect: Okamoto Keizo\ Deguchi Tsutomu\Wu Zhuozhaoyi \ Cao Bo \ Zhang Yimeng
Project Location: Floor 1, Qihao, #8 Xinyuan south road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Built Area: 226m2
Main Material: Texture Painting-Modern Master／Japanese Paperfilm-Warlon ／ Light fixture – VF
Lighting Design: Ljus Design Makiko Ishioka
Photographer: Ruijing Photo