The West Bund Museum(WBM), located at the north end of the riverside green belt in Xuhui District, Shanghai, is an important public cultural building on the West Bund. In order to enhance the public service function of Xuhui riverside space, administrative department of the WBM hopes to introduce three different dinning space in the Museum: Fine dining French restaurant with river view, bistro and café, which are located in the three entrance spaces of the WBM respectively.
At the beginning of the design, the administrative department of the WBM specifically put forward the requirement that the facade of the curtain wall should not be changed to avoid damaging the simple and pure architectural image. This can be regarded as external constraints and the starting point of design as well. Therefore, in terms of design strategy, the design of the restaurant continues and strengthens the design concept and tone of the architecture, and intervenes in the internal space of the WBM with a modest and elegant attitude. Those architectural elements that make the space a restaurant are treated as independent exhibits in the white box exhibition hall of the WBM, which together constitute an atmosphere of dining in the exhibition hall.
The entrance door complies with the module and martial of the curtain wall, which is made of stainless steel. The space under the large cornice of the outdoor viewing terrace on the second floor is partially transformed into the
Outdoor bar and patio seating area of the restaurant. When night comes, the led light band hidden in the stainless steel bar lights up, and a warm light gently holds up the Huangpu River and the skyline on the opposite Wsest bund, just like an exhibit.
Looking at the WBM from the green belt along the river, the suspended white box has become the “box in box” in the Huangpu River scenery frame of the building. The concept of “box in box” is integrated with the design language of architecture, which is iconic and will not look like an alien.
The French restaurant named “Beaubourg”is located on the second floor of the WBM, close to the viewing terrace. This space was originally used as the waiting hall of the exhibition hall. The floor is 6 meters high, and the plan is long and narrow. The floor glass window also brings a horizontal continuous river view. According to the client’s request to increase the business area, and considering that the building volume of the WBM is a combination of three boxes, a “box in box” concept comes into being: put a “white box” like installation in the high exhibition hall space. The “white box” is divided into three independent private dining room by the partition wall of the folding door. When all the folding doors are opened, the “white box” will be transformed into a full-length compartment for meeting, banquet and other reception functions. The “white box” is suspended in the 6-meter-high exhibition hall. The whole floor glass is used on the side along the river, slightly separated from the facade curtain wall of the building, and connected to the hall through the stairs hidden behind the bar.
The colonnade with a strong sense of sequence along the river makes the French restaurant ritual. The high murals and red wine walls, like two exhibits, hang at the two ends of the hall, becoming highlights in the space. Meanwhile, they also strengthen the artistic atmosphere of the restaurant.
The café is located next to the east entrance hall of the WBM. The original space is flanked by colonnades. Floor to ceiling glass windows introduce the sunken courtyard and the green belt landscape along the river into the interior space. In order to make the landscape resources of the two interfaces be experienced to the greatest extent, the main seats are arranged near the window. Continuing the concept of “box in box” in the French restaurant on the second floor, an installation like “service box” is placed in the center of the space to accommodate the operation service desk of coffee and dessert.
The Bistro called “Le Chai” is located at the entrance of the large steps on the B1 floor of the WBM, closed to the sunken courtyard, and the original space is the administrative office. Under the white tone of the WBMs, a group of orange customized lamps are used to create a relaxed and cheerful space atmosphere, echoing the sense of sequenced architectural space. A large area of wood veneer is used on one side of the service desk to form a warm wrapping feeling for the dining space. The entrance of the restaurant faces the sunken courtyard. The orange canopy at the entrance and the orange lamps hanging indoors form a unique image together, which also make the atmosphere of the sunken courtyard lively and warm.