In the 1930s, a group of classic Western-style buildings swarmed up in Badaguan at the southern foot of Taiping Mountain in Qingdao. The villa at No. 2 Zhanshan 1st Road was bought by Song Ziwen and became the residence of his mother, Ni Guizhen. 90 years later, under the leadership of designer W, the former aristocratic mansion ushered in a new life and became a western restaurant popular among young people——C-UP
0 1 / Reinventing the old design, subverting the traditional design
Facing the cultural preservation buildings that have not been seen for a long time, designer W did not restore the original appearance of the ancient buildings by using the traditional repairing method of “making the old old”, but used the fashionable and youthful touch to restore the light and shadow of history, subverting the tradition, “using the old to restore the old”. make new”.
Due to the cultural relics of the building, the exterior walls are kept as original as possible. On this basis, W is connected to four glass brick walls at the entrance of the restaurant, and the metal automatic sensor door is used to show the new core of the old house’s “retro-collision trend”.
Just like its commitment to “subverting the traditional design”, W abandoned the traditional practice of transforming an old house into a business club, but made it a trendy western restaurant for young people “willing to come and like to come”.
In the treatment of the ground, natural bluestone floor tiles rarely appear in the interior, triggering a natural and real perception in a simple form, and colliding with a sense of fashion in the space.
This seemingly “illogical” design method is W’s unique style. “Whether it is the renovation of an old house or a traditional design, the first thing is to subvert its business logic, and then consider the uniqueness of the design.” He said.
The exposed red bricks in the wall are part of the ingenious design. On the one hand, it shows the original brick wall structure nakedly, and on the other hand, it uses the seemingly non-existent industrial style to enhance the romantic charm of the Republic of China.
Under the cooperation of blue light, the water corrugated board ripples out a dark river that travels through time and space. Walking here is like walking between history and reality. A dialogue and blending across time and space is staged here.
0 2 / 重塑场景，传递历史体验
0 2 / Reshape the scene and deliver the historical experience
Glass is widely used in the stairwell as the base tone, creating an ethereal and transparent visual tension together with the lighting. From the rebirth of the building materials in the space, to the interspersed and embellished historical photos, the implantation of each freehand atmosphere adds a sense of ritual to the process of stepping up.
This is an old building built in the 1930s, and the irregular beams are not visually appealing. But W believes that “it doesn’t matter if it’s not visually appealingl”, but is to present the most original structure of the building to young people to feel it. “I hope that theough design, we are able to attract young people that they are willing to learn about history and culture, instead of memorizing knowledge from history books. Through scene experiences, young people can feel the importance of history and culture.” With that in mind, W laid a layer of glass cieling at the top of the building, where effectively avoids the potential risk of the aged wood, and at the same time expose the roof structure to the audiences.
The use of glass ceiling allows the space to grow infinitely and creates an infinite sense of vision in a limited space. The interweaving and interaction of the real image and the mirror image adds to the mood of the space and enhances the fun of the dining experience.
The large glass windows dissolve the boundary between indoor and outdoor vision. The black wooden lattice windows absorb the scenery of the morning and evening. The green forest becomes the most beautiful corner of the restaurant, reflecting the mood of the guests and the thousands of atmospheres outside the window.
Warm yellow lights are scattered on the walls and corners, reflecting the details of the walls and the mottled marks left by history in a bottom-up manner.
Outdoors is a coffee break umbrella seating area where you can chat freely. Overlooking the mountains, green trees and red tiles in the distance, you can have a panoramic view of the beautiful mountain dwellings with the charm of the island.
W believes that it is necessary to let the youngs to evaluate the value of a commercial design. “it is essential for commercials to be responsible and conclusive.”
Project name： C-UP
project type： Tooling Design
Project location： No. 10, Taipingjiao 1st Road, Shinan District, Qingdao City, Shandong Province, China
Design ： W·SELECT
Leader designer & Team：W
Built state: built
Completion Time: December 2020
Land area： 350m²