Architecture F&B Interiors

Jingu Phoenix designs modernist Shenzhen restaurant with art gallery-like fluid spaces against a mountain backdrop

October 21, 2020

Located on the top floor of Yanhan Highland in overseas Chinese town (OCT) Creative Park, Nanshan District, Shenzhen City, Highland Star Chef Restaurant is a multi-quality space and artistic life landmark in urban nature. With Yanhan mountain in the west and urban landscape in the east, the project designed by Jingu Phoenix Space Planning Organization has a stunning natural environment. Surrounded by dense woods and stones, the project stands in front of the mountain, which seems to be out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment.

“We wanted to create a place where we could enjoy food and various social gatherings by integrating the original natural environment, and the project shows the harmonious coexistence between man and nature.” – Ye Hui, chief designer, JG Phoenix

“We wanted to integrate the structure of space and natural products into one. Therefore, the structure is supported by light and strong I-steel structure as much as possible, and the spirit of modernist architecture is pursued: “Free plane” and “Flowing space”, simple facade and exquisite materials make the interior and exterior of each space interrelated, so as to make people repose in the natural setting,” says Ye.

The big white bear thinking at the entrance is like us who came and thinking about the complexity of life and hoping to find a place of peace in a hurry. The surface of the array of 3D pendants is like an undulating mountain. The clear outline of the sun and the reflection of the shady surface reflect each other with the foreground made of natural black stone. After walking through the stairs, visitors can go to the long passage composed of white walls with a box structure, as well as reach the box area and leisure activity area of the restaurant.

The leisure activity area serves as a transitional area for guests to relax and wait, where diners can enjoy coffee and afternoon tea, and at the same time, reserve a large area for holding large parties. The space retains the original white I-beam structure frame, and creates a simple and natural atmosphere around the courtyard of green plants and natural gravel in the atrium.

There is only beige style without exaggerated decoration in each box. The reserved skylights can introduce sunlight, where it slowly moves from the surface of the steel plate to the lounge area, and the changing light and shadow further highlight the natural beauty of the setting.

Ye Hui is a senior environment designer, who graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He advocates natural aesthetics, and believes in creating humanistic spaces based on contemporary context, and has unique insights into materials, light and shadows as well as spatial structures. With more than ten years of practices in the design field, Ye and his team have completed a great many exceptional works, which have won multiple prominent international awards, including Red Dot Design Awards, iF Design Award, IIDA Global Excellence Awards, Architecture MasterPrize, International Design Awards (IDA), and Asia Pacific Interior, among others.

Project details
Design company: Jingu Phoenix
Chief designer: Ye Hui
Design team: Chen Jian, Lin Weibin, Chen Xuexian
Construction team: Gravity Company
Decoration team: Fengqiwutong Decoration Company
Location: Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China
Area: 1,280 m² (approx)
Completion: January 2020
Main materials: Cement flooring, Special effect paint (DANILO), grey cement paint (DANILO), antique wood, gray steel with fluorocarbon coating, glass brick

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Photos: Ouyang Yun

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