Restaurant, Sichang Park, Kunshan 昆山思常公园餐厅

The restaurant is located in a linear park along a preserved natural river in a newly developed suburban area of Kunshan, a booming industrial city west of Shanghai. A school and a future apartment project flank the east and west sides of the park.

The river-front building has distinctively different west (facing the river) and east facades. A mostly solid wall on the east indicates that the building opens up toward its river side, where transparent surfaces dominate.

The landscape architect adopted an urban agriculture theme for the park. Strips of vegetable beds were laid out in the areas along the east side of building site. The architectural design made the strips appear to “penetrate” into the building. Once inside, the strips become linear green courtyards, dividing the first-floor dining area into semi-private spaces. The climbing plants in the linear courtyards create the effect of latticed screens that provide certain privacy but do not completely separate the semi-private spaces from each other, avoiding a problem common to current restaurant designs in China. 

A two-story-high foyer welcomes dinners to the second floor. On both floors, there are outdoor terraces or roof decks next to the indoor dining spaces. People can easily choose their favorable dining spots between indoor and outdoor settings. The adjacent climbing planters provide not only the visual pleasure of nature but also the sun shading needed in the summer. It is the architect’s attempt to borrow one of the fundamental concepts of traditional Chinese architecture that “pairs” each indoor space with one or more outdoor spaces to serve a building function. 

Project Data 

Location  Sichang Road at West Qianjin Road, Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China

Project Period  2009-2012

Floor Area  569 square meters

Client  Kunshan City Construction, Investment and Development Co., Ltd.

Architecture: Miao Design Studio (Design Architect), Pu Miao; Hanjia Design Group, Shanghai (Architect of Record), Jiang Ninqing
Structure: Shanghai Yuangui Structural Design Inc., Zhang Yewei, Liang Dong

Engineering: Hanjia Design Group, Shanghai, Guo Zhong, Yu Yang, Wu Qiuyan


Architectural Review (UK, 9/2012)

Time+Architecture (China, 6/2012)






地点  江苏省昆山市思常路(前进西路口)  

时间  2009-2012

建筑面积  569平方米

业主  江苏省昆山城市建设投资发展有限公司


建筑:缪朴设计工作室 缪朴; 汉嘉设计集团 蒋宁清

结构:上海源规建筑结构设计事务所 张业巍,梁栋

设备:汉嘉设计集团 郭忠,于洋,吴秋燕




Click on an image to enlarge it  欲放大图像请点击画面

Northeast view of the building  建筑东北外观

A planter seems to penetrate the east elevation of the building.


The main entrance at the south end of the building  建筑南端的主入口


From the foyer looking into the dining spaces separated by linear courtyards


Looking north through layers of linear courtyards, in which climbing plants are planted  穿过层层线型庭院北望,庭院中种植攀援型植物。

One of the first-floor dining spaces defined by linear courtyards, looking toward the deck  

Northwest view of the building 

Southwest view of the building 


The west side of the building  建筑西面

 From the second floor looking into the foyer 


The large dining space on the second floor  二层的大餐厅

North elevation of the building  建筑北立面

Site Plan 

 First Floor Plan  一层平面


Second Floor Plan  二层平面