The transparency of the facade maximise the visibility of the restaurant, lighting up the neighbourhood at night with a warm ambient.The glass and iron facade has a classical, almost nostalgic look, with the top and bottom transom panels made with concrete fibre board and overhanging windows in the middle. Inside the restaurant behind the huge glass entrance door, the grey terracotta floor tiles set against the lightweight concrete tiles under the bar counter. Together with the solid pinewood countertop and matte white tiles behind the open kitchen, it effortlessly creates a contemporary minimalistic interpretation of modern Chinese cuisine. For many Beijingers of the younger generations, a quick bowl of warm beef or chicken noodle soup may be all that it takes to comfort the stressful city lives in the capital.
Tucked in the corner next to the bar counter is the steel staircase that lead the special guests up to the dining room on the upper floor. Away from the busy open kitchen, it offers a precious tranquil dining experience. The recessed glass front of the upper floor yields a dramatic height for the ground floor, and provides the desired openness and privacy for the upper floor.
Walking up the staircase, one can caught a glimpse of the second floor as if it is a floating timber box above the ground floor. The moon window on the side reveals the zen ambience of the dining room, at the same time a picture frame from the inside capturing everyone passing by.
Unlike the vast openness of the ground floor, the upper floor is an intimate minimalistic secret zen garden. Inspired by the design of an ancient tea house, the cozy space is surrounded by abstract elements of nature. The falling leaves are frozen in time captured by the copper inlays on the concrete wall. The vertical timber strips mimic the intertwining tree trucks in a forest. Behind the timber bench in the middle, a special handcrafted calligraphy paper with green tea leaves is used as wallcovering. The translucent paper creates an illusion that the green leaves is dancing in a spring breeze beyond.
All of these detail are made possible to hide the guest washroom and store room behind the timber strips and the exhaust conduits from the kitchen below. Both functionality and aesthetic are combined and translated into poetry.