Suzuki Kitchen is a life-style brand born in the historic core of Beijing. Over the years, it has become one of the most lasting icons in the era of Hutong Renaissance. Started in 2010, the venues of Suzuki Kitchen have grown beyond the original Japanese-fusion restaurant, now including cafe, boutique, and gallery, where exhibitions and workshops are frequently held by young Chinese and Japanese designers, artists and craftsmen. Since 2012, designRESERVE has worked closely with the owners to create six distinctive spaces in various neighborhoods.
▼铃木食堂外观，Suzuki Kitchen Lidu exterior view
Neighboring the renowned 798 Art District, the new Suzuki Kitchen is located in the podium of a residential community. The street has suffered commercial decline due to lack of attractive tenants and outdated building style. The primary goal of the design is to create a market-like destination, which could become a gathering place that generates energy for the neighborhood.
▼铃木食堂丽都店主入口， Suzuki Kitchen Lidu entrance
The façade is covered by custom-made textile with deep metallic grey tone. With each Suzuki Kitchen project, designRESERVE team explores material potential through enhanced technique and craft, which often uncovers their hidden qualities. In this case resulted in an interesting dialog, about scale and strength, between the stone façade of the faux-European podium building and the textile and wood façade of Suzuki Kitchen.
▼透明感的入口空间由复合木板与钢板构成，Entrance is transparent threshold made by plywood and steel
▼外立面被特殊工艺加工的金属质感织物覆盖，Façade is covered by custom-made textile with metallic finishing
The ground floor of the four-story structure is an open dinning area surrounded by intimate corners. The focus of the space is a pavilion-like structure that serves as beverage bar as well as connecting to the kitchen in the basement. Hanging from the polished concrete ceiling is the custom-made copper pipe lighting feature, hovering over the warm-colored wooden furniture and the custom pattern mosaic floor down below. The design team also created a wall relief painting inspired by the falling snow atop northern Chinese mountains, by chiseling away layers of wall paint from past constructions.
▼首层是以木质的厨房盒子为中心的开敞平面餐堂，Ground floor is open plan dinning area with a highlight on wooden kitchen box
▼亭子一样的吧台和厨房盒子，The pavilion like bar and kitchen box
▼墙面层叠的旧涂料被重新雕琢成一幅主题为“雪降”的壁画，Layers of old paint are chiseled and carved into a relief painting named “snow landing”
▼街景通过门斗的过滤，被带入首层餐堂，Filtered through foyer , street view is brought into dinning area
▼为铃木食堂丽都店特别设计的地面马赛克图案，The floor is made of mosaic pattern specially designed for Suzuki Kitchen Lidu
▼通往二楼的楼梯间与相邻的私密角落，Staircase to second floor besides a intimate corner
▼从楼梯间看一层就餐区，The view from staircase
Visitors could spot the garden and playground outside through the staircase filled by natural light. The second floor is an attic-like event space. The embracing wood panels and slim steel truss create a festival-like atmosphere. Two additional functions, kitchen lab and food market, are defined by sliding doors and windows as rooms within a room.
▼二层如阁楼般的餐厅客座区， Second floor attic-like dinning space
▼阵列悬挂于白色金属珩架上的灯组创造一种节日般的气氛，The arrayed lights suspended on the white steel truss create a festival-like atmosphere
▼二层拥有独立的开放厨房以满足团体活动的需求，Second floor also has an independent kitchen for special events
▼被折叠滑动门扇区隔的食物商店，Sliding door separates the food market from dinning area
The third floor is consisted of coffee bar, boutique shop and mini-gallery. Characterized by its simplicity, flexibility and a sense of seclusion, the mix-used space is also frequently used as craft workshop. Windows on both sides provide abundant natural light and ventilation for frequently-held events and exhibitions. The coffee bar counter made of large aluminum plates emphasizes the brightness of the space.
▼楼梯间成为过渡空间，连接餐厅和具有混合功能的三层， Staircase as the transition from restaurant to mixed program on the third floor
▼一个微型画廊悬置在楼梯间上方，Hanging on top of the staircase is the mini gallery
▼自然光从看到邻里的窗户中漫射到空间之中，Natural light fills up the space and the neighborhood is visible from south window
▼咖啡吧台由整张铝板制作而成，Coffee bar counter is made by large pieces of aluminum plate
▼可以俯瞰街景的北侧飘窗是最受欢迎的座位，the bay window on the north is the most popular seating with street view
“Belong, yet stand out” is the key quality that designRESERVE team tries to achieve in the design of Suzuki Kitchen Lidu, as well as in the designs of four other locations in the past six years. The designs of Suzuki Kitchen share a common thread of carefully integrating into the surrounding context, and the creative use of traditional materials that uncovers their new-found qualities. “Belong, yet stand out”, each Suzuki Kitchen has brought a refreshing point of view and a strong identity for the location in which it roots.
▼铃木食堂丽位置地图，Suzuki Kitchen Lidu location map
Project name: Suzuki Kitchen Lidu
Project location: Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang, Beijing
Gross Built Area: 400 sqm
Architect’ Firm: designRESERVE
Completion Year: 2016-2017
Lead Architects: Lydia Song, Feng Yue
Design Team: Momo Lai, Dan Wei, Lei Song, Jill Pu, Ying Feng
VI designer: Yu Guang
Photo credits: Zhigang Liang
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