Because the noodle restaurant is located in the most inside of Jidianyuan, the client named it “inside” in Chinese.
▲“里面”餐厅 Noodlology Restaurant
The project is close to the south gate of Beijing Jidianyuan, surrounded by the old residential areas. Compared with the strong commercial atmosphere on the north side, the “life vitality “ is the main theme spreading around： migrant workers on their way back and forth, students running after school, old man enjoying the cool in the shade…
▲项目位置与城市关系 Site Surroundings
▲室外灯箱 Outdoor Lightbox
This new restaurant was incubated by a Chinese female chef from Michelin Restaurant. Noodlology, as noodle + (-ology), shows the chef’s study and consideration of noodle flavor as a discipline-to maintain the texture of Chinese noodle while integrating the excellent flavor of other countries.
▲室内空间 Interior Space
▲层次感的室内空间 Layered Interior Space
“Fusion” is not only the subject of restaurant, but also the starting point of our design — how to insert a noodle laboratory between the commercial atmosphere and life vitality?
▲室内就餐区 Dining Area
Noodlology insists that the great flavor should be embraced by the people. MARS wanted to create the atmosphere of an urban kitchen that encourages the interaction between interior and exterior, emphasizing the sense of hierarchy from inside to outside.
Inside, the design tossed the traditional complex decorative language. The terrazzo of the dark floor and light walls set off each other, and the metal Maza lights the unit frame echo the small wooden seats arranged in an array. One side of the interior is a monolithic mirror that mirrors the interior space and extends the journey of the space.
▲就餐区域 Dining Area
▲镜像“里面” Mirror Wall
The interior environment provides three different spatial experiences for dining customers： sitting by the folding window to embrace the filled smoke, chatting with a couple of friends under the long table, or enjoying the cozy alone time against the wall. The scene of Noodlology is a pure and sincere life scene of busy urbanites shedding their masks of life and taking off their heavy burdens.
▲室内室外的互相渗透 the Interpenetration of Indoor and Outdoor
Intuitive and pure experience, simple and delicate space, as if to fold the prosperity of the city, with an illusory image of the world reflected in the mirror.
▲外立面设计策略 Design Strategy
Externally, the exterior walls are painted with a light textured coating, freeing the dining room from the old red textured building, and framing the boundary between old and new. The dilapidated doors and windows of the original facade have been replaced with more permeable folding windows. The black steel plate winds up and down, separating the solid wall from the transparent glass windows and becoming the building’s new facade. The upper part of the steel plate formed window frames, while the lower part of the steel plates became outdoor chairs. Folding windows on the facade and outdoor seating enhance the restaurant’s connection to the street.
▲窗框和座椅形成的外立面 New Facade with Window Frame and Outdoor Seating
▲入口 Framed Entry
The interface between the renovated building and the city eliminates the boundary between indoor and outdoor, so that diners can feel the life vitality as if they were in their own kitchen when tasting the delicious food. Also, surrounding residents can find a warm rest place. Folding windows and wall-to-wall seating enhance the connection to the street. Noodlology not only interprets the life of citizens, but also reflects the prosperity of the city.
▲就餐区域 Dining Area
▲马扎灯下的原木色家具 Furniture Under Mazha Lighting
Beijing is a city full of everything. Under the shadow of skyscrapers, how much real and simple life is folded and disappeared into extravagance and luxury. Opening this folding window, the island isolated by cement intersects with the city, and the people “inside” are also looking at the outside world.
▲城市烟火下的“里面” Life Vitality
设计时间：2022.02 – 2022.04
Project Name：Noodlology Restaurant
Design Firm：MARS Studio
Design Time：2022.02 – 2022.04
Project Location：Sanlitun, Beijing, China
Building Area：79 sqm
Principal Architect：Ma Ning
Project Architect：Zifeng Tan
Design Team：Zhu Ke, Jiaxin Yang, Jiahui Zhao
Lighting Design：Mengting Chen
Lighting Supplier：Mario Tsai Studio
Special thanks：STUDIO 9