Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant

"A busy street with happy and inexhaustible people." Beijing / China / 2019

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Wu Wei: Taste Cultural Heritage - Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant in Qianmen, Beijing
"A busy street with happy and inexhaustible people." -- Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant


How long have you not stopped to visit a city?


As an ancient poem once described the Qianmen Street: “The green and the red are setting off each other on the both sides of road; it is a busy street with happy and inex-haustible people.” In order to make out the appearance of a city, one must explore its ancient streets; because the original appearance of the city could be corroded by time, but the memory of sound, architecture and food will never fade away.


As a commercial street which has witnessed the prosperity of Beijing over the past generations, Dashilan once had numerous theaters and club houses and it had at-tracted a lot of high officials, noble lords, common people and famous scholars. Ap-parently, it is a lively and busy street with crowds of people, and in fact it is also the epitome of old Beijing culture.


Based on this background, Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant, which bears the mission of cultural restoration and inheritance, has been quietly completed. With the stimula-tion of sensitive taste buds, it opens up a picture of the urban context.


Considering the connotation of traditional architecture to awaken deep memory, the Designer Wu Wei started with "emphasis on the symbiotic relationship between indoor and outdoor" and established the core of this creation.


The imitation white marble guardrail at the entrance is taken from the pavil-ion in the traditional royal building, which is an inward extension of outdoor elements. The designer sets a partial waterscape, which is inspired by the Nine-Dragon Wall of the Forbidden City, creating a rich visual focus for peo-ple who entering the space and strengthening cultural identity at the same time.


The partially hollow slab allows natural light to interact with the waterscape freely. It is agile and transparent under the reflection of skylight. Among the sound and light of water, it also expresses a wish for prosperity.


The black bricks taken from the old Beijing Siheyuan constitute the paving throughout the design. The slightly cool black color makes the space reveal a solid sense of sim-plicity while maintaining purity.


Brass strips are one of the few materials in this project. With neat lines, it injects tem-perature into the cold-colored space, immediately balancing diners’ perceptions.


Previous Siji Minfu Restaurants used to convey the brand's identity through the image of "one scene in a step ". While for this restaurant in busy street, the design uses subtraction to create a wisdom of keeping quiet in a noisy neighbourhood.


The rectangular ambulatory trail provides a smooth dining experience, which divides the size and space reasonably to ensure the connection of space. This arrangement is based on the careful con-sideration of special geographical location and guest mobility.


The large open dining space has bright natural light, where the light gray leather chairs blend naturally with the environment. People who stop and stay here can get an endless relaxation, while feeling the collision of ancient and modern culture as well as the unique brand power.


The black partition frame is the only dark color in space. It has similar form to the wide-ly used wooden grille, but it has different density, thus forming an orderly rhythmic beauty, and also becoming a tie between small spaces.


Each small compartment is subtly divided by a traditional Chinese wooden grille, where moderate lighting focuses create privacy. The half-covered partition also en-sures interaction with other spaces.


In a more private box space, a large area of elm wall panels conveys a delicate at-mosphere that is as warm as jade. With no redundancies, it complements the black brick wall.


The materials are displaying their most primitive appearance, texture and character in the space. It doesn’t mean a mediocrity of design, but a profound "moderation aesthet-ics" from design.


In the era when eating is no longer a matter of just food, the spirituality of brand and culture becomes a vital competitive force. In this project, the designer embeds the his-torical foundation into the brand characteristics of Siji Minfu, and also brings a deep understanding of the city's cultural genes to diners.


DESIGNED
2018


COMPLETED
2018


TECHNICAL DATA
General Information
Project name: Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant (Qianmen, Beijing)
Architecture Firm: IN • X
Website: www.inxid.com
Contact e-mail:302615379@qq.com
Completion Year:2018
Gross Built Area: 720㎡
Project location: No. 1 Dashilan Street, Xicheng District, Beijing


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Photo credits: Shi Yunfeng



Additional credits


Lead Architects: Wu Wei
Design Team: Jia Qifeng, Liu Chenyang, Tang Yao
Clients: Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant


PROJECT TEAM
Jia Qifeng, Liu Chenyang, Tang Yao
 


 

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    Wu Wei: Taste Cultural Heritage - Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant in Qianmen, Beijing"A busy street with happy and inexhaustible people." -- Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant How long have you not stopped to visit a city? As an ancient poem once described the Qianmen Street: “The green and the red are setting off each other on the both sides of road; it is a busy street with happy and inex-haustible people.” In order to make out the appearance of a city, one must explore its...

    Project details
    • Year 2019
    • Work started in 2018
    • Work finished in 2019
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Restaurants / Interior Design
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