The aesthetic intention of wabi-sabi is to create a calm atmosphere, while the restaurant wants to present more of a city fireworks atmosphere, the space produces contrast and drama at the same time. The restaurant’s cuisine takes “Cantonese hot pot” as the core, which resonates with people’s inner emotions in the space and makes people immersed in it and even forget the passage of time. It emphasizes that silence does not deny the atmosphere of the market, but makes people feel the exuberant vitality in the lonely and empty realm.
▲建筑主立面，main facade of the building © 吴鉴泉
At present, “RuXi” is a mature Brand of Cantonese hot pot. In addition to the positioning of the new flagship, the design of the new store pays more attention to delivering the depth of the brand and the brand understanding of the side stove culture.
▲思路演变，train of thought evolution © HOOOLDESIGN
The design takes “The hustle and wabi-sabi” as the theme, so that consumers can feel the idea of market fireworks in the traces of things given by time. The entrance is equipped with a display cabinet of product ingredients, so that customers can understand each kind of ingredients while waiting to increase interaction with consumers.
▲餐厅一瞥，a glance to the restaurant © 吴鉴泉
▲漂浮盒子入口，entrance to the Floating box © 吴鉴泉
The design divides the space into parts, opens up the interior boundary, floats the interior space design, constructs each other, and incarnates the deeper relationship between man and nature or the universe. In order to present the beauty of shadow in the “Silence” in the space, on the premise of meeting the lighting demand, the indoor light intensity is reduced as much as possible, the open interface and transparent closed interface are used more in the space, and the natural light is introduced as the main lighting method, so that the natural light can be freely poured into the space in many ways, such as projection, diffusion and consumption.
“RuXi” brand name is translated as feeling life in the twilight of the sun. The main product of the brand, the side stove, is to eat hot pot, also known as the Wai stove. In the past, it was called “spring stove”, “summer stove”, “autumn stove” and “winter stove” according to the season. Later, it was only called “four seasons stove”, namely “Four Seasons Hot Pot”. With the change of seasons and the taste of food materials, the space design takes the sense of “wabi-sabi” as the core to integrate the brand, products and space.
▲公共的就餐区，Public dining area © 吴鉴泉
With the passage of time, the angle, brightness and temperature of natural light are changing subtly every moment. At this time, the holy and pure light and the mysterious shadow simultaneously present their own charm in the space, produce rich light and shadow rhythm, and create a sense of temperature in the space, which is also the space design ideal that the designer has been exploring.
▲吧台与漂浮盒子的互动，Interaction between bar counter and floating box
Daily construction and spatial imagination
As a universal existence, daily life is sometimes put on the opposite side of history in the process of construction. The vastness of history often makes people feel powerless. It seems to be a galaxy above history, too far away from ordinary people. In order to establish their own existence at this moment, people often choose to digest history and highlight themselves, and daily life is the best tool to deconstruct history and reshape the times.
▲明亮、舒适的用餐氛围，bright and comfortable dining atmosphere © 吴鉴泉
▲不同区域的就餐区域，Dining areas in different areas
As the concept of “RuXi” catering brand, the concept of “good food and happy heart” takes the spatial experience as an important dimension, so that diners can seriously feel the ingredients and enjoy the present because of the cuisine.
▲光线营造下的就餐区，Dining area created by light © 吴鉴泉
From different perspectives of the corridor, around the food materials and diners, an interesting interaction is created through design, which can have more memory points than the pure planar visual space, and experience is the core value of the catering brand in the future.
▲包间入口，Private room entrance © 吴鉴泉
Continuing the natural and simple texture of the overall space design, the design hopes to create a catering brand that respects space and expects food. Therefore, we integrate ink elements with the visual image of the brand, so that the space experience is full of tonality and fun, and meet the citizens’ Multi-dimensional needs and imagination of the space experience.
▲景观水池旁的就餐区，Dining area beside landscape pool © 吴鉴泉
▲视线的穿透，Line of sight penetration © 吴鉴泉
Feel the world’s hustle in the “wabi-sabi” and look for an ideal life leading to relaxation and harmony from daily life.
▲轴测图，axonometric © HOOOLDESIGN
项目名称：侘寂烟火 – 如熹RuXi
Project Name：The hustle and wabi-sabi – RuXi
Project Location：Taiyuan, Shanxi
Chief Designer：Han Lei
Design Team：Jing Chao, Huang Debin, Li Jingyi, Zhi Pengfei, Zheng Tianyang
Lighting: LST Commercial Lighting Design
Art Wall Material: JCC
Visual Design: Chen Zhiqiang
Project Type: Dining Space
Photography: Wu Jianquan（WuSpace）