Cuisine Cuisine Beijing serves sophisticated Cantonese haute cuisine. The mainland offshoot of Hong Kong’s famous 2-Star Michelin restaurant, Cuisine Cuisine prides itself on its authentic Cantonese food, extensive wine list, luxurious interior design and impeccable service. HASSELL drew on the city’s imperial past in designing the restaurant, adorning the traditional courtyard setting with contemporary elements. Located at the World Financial Centre (WFC) in Beijing’s CBD, Cuisine Cuisine Beijing features 17 private dining rooms, a semi-private dining area and an open dining hall, with a total seating capacity of 240 people. Located in the heart of Beijing, the restaurant’s initial design derived from the idea of ‘being in the core of the centre’.
Three interesting colours were used to represent modern Beijing and its rich history and culture. Gold symbolises the culture and history of the Forbidden City, red denotes the lifestyle of the officials and the wealthy, while grey embodies the street life in Beijing’s Hutongs.
A range of materials and textures were used to distinguish each colour choice. A huge piece of hand-sewn artwork in gold was hung across the ceiling of the private suite. Red was chosen for the leather patent feature wall in the private dining room. In the main dining hall, lots of grey was liberally used to signify the streets life in Beijing’s Hutongs and Beijing courtyards (Siheyuan).
The idea of the semi-private dining area comes from a historical type of residence that was commonly found throughout China, most famously in Beijing. Golden leaves, red coloured flowers and grey bird motifs on the walls create an at-ease backyard dining experience.Location: Beijing, China Architect: HASSELL
Client: Miramar Hotel & Investment Company
Discipline: Interior Design
Scale: 2700 sqm
Year: 2011 Photography: Ma Weixiao