Restaurant, Sichang Park, Kunshan
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.
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
Photographer Pu Miao
Architectural Review (UK, 9/2012)
Time+Architecture (China, 6/2012)
建筑：缪朴设计工作室 缪朴; 汉嘉设计集团 蒋宁清
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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
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
One of the first-floor dining spaces defined by linear courtyards, looking toward the deck
Northwest view of the building 建筑西北面外观
Southwest view of the building 建筑西南面外观
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 总平面
First Floor Plan 一层平面
Second Floor Plan 二层平面