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HAIGAN Seafood Restaurant / Xiamen Fancy Design & Decoration

HAIGAN Seafood Restaurant / Xiamen Fancy Design & Decoration
Entrance. Image © Weiqi Jin
Entrance. Image © Weiqi Jin

Atrium Full View. Image © Weiqi Jin Small Squid Feature. Image © Weiqi Jin Activity space, alternative dining space. Image © Weiqi Jin 1st Floor Corridor. Image © Weiqi Jin + 23

Xiamen, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1200.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018
  • Photographs Photographs: Weiqi Jin
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: FOREX, 宝武钢铁, 富美家
Small Squid Exterior. Image © Weiqi Jin
Small Squid Exterior. Image © Weiqi Jin

Text description provided by the architects. The project was repurposed from a former factory terrace. The unique location and unconventional structure of the original space allowed the designer to give full play to imagination and creativity. At the entrance, the flexible cut spatial block, dilutes the massiveness of the building, which is just like a modern installation art work full of tension, leading the space to extend inward with its clear lines.

Atrium Full View. Image © Weiqi Jin
Atrium Full View. Image © Weiqi Jin

Within the space 4.6 meters high, a two-story structure was built in the atrium. The designer ingenuously created an open door way in this area, which seems to bring people into another dimension. Under the staircase, there is a separate sunken area, deep and tranquil, waiting for foodies to step in.

1st Floor Corridor. Image © Weiqi Jin
1st Floor Corridor. Image © Weiqi Jin

Looking ahead, irregular ceiling lamps fall one after another. Walking forward, artificial natural landscape and windows of traditional Chinese garden style intersperse the space. As opposed to utilizing red-color elements commonly seen in seafood restaurants, the designer made use of wooden textures and white walls to set an elegant tone, thereby resulting in an otherworldly dining space.

Activity space, alternative dining space. Image © Weiqi Jin
Activity space, alternative dining space. Image © Weiqi Jin

The spatial design features serpentine circulations, which contributes to arising people’s curiosity about the muti-layered spaces as well as appetite for food. Through these inter-connected spaces, and the exquisitely designed micro landscapes, people can have different views and feelings even at the same end scene.

Small Squid Feature. Image © Weiqi Jin
Small Squid Feature. Image © Weiqi Jin

The overall space offers varied visual experience at every step, which not only shows the designers’ s ingenuity and creativity, but also makes “eating” more interesting and meaningful. People come here not just to fill up their stomachs, but more importantly, to feel the unique collision between food and the space, which may generate new inspirations for life.

Atrium Full View. Image © Weiqi Jin
Atrium Full View. Image © Weiqi Jin

Through diversified decomposition and recombination of all units of the space, it presents a movement of spatial narrative, with an entertaining and polymorphic tonality. Tables and chairs with various forms are scattered in it, forming unpartitioned dinning areas which are slightly different via distinct combinations, hence enriching people’s dining experience. The dining areas bring the spatial theme back to food and communication.

2nd Floor Dining Table. Image © Weiqi Jin
2nd Floor Dining Table. Image © Weiqi Jin

The lights in dining areas are soft, with dusky shadows, creating a private space for dinners at each table. All these areas are connected yet non-interfering, enabling people to relieve themselves and communicate freely. Pure and aesthetic, the space provides busy urban people a place to stay a while for relaxing. Elaborately designed visual effects, combined with delicious seafood, together constitute this cozy and relaxing dining space. It guides diners to tell their stories and feelings, which injects emotion and soul into the space.

1st Floor Corridor. Image © Weiqi Jin
1st Floor Corridor. Image © Weiqi Jin

As a local brand in Xiamen, all the ingredients that Xiaoyouyu uses and the culture it embodies are closely related to “water”. The designer took into account such background into the design. A water feature was placed at the center of the space, with the gurgling water endowing the whole space with vigor.

Landscape Seats. Image © Weiqi Jin
Landscape Seats. Image © Weiqi Jin

The flowing-water-shaped lighting fixture above the front desk, the fishing vessel depicted with smooth lines, the fishery-resembled structure installed along the aisle, as well as peddles and bamboo baskets dotted at the corners, all manifest the local culture. Lights penetrate rattan-made structures and cast shadows, making the modern and minimal space more charming. With minimal and refined designs colliding with the space, and modern life style integrating with the local culture of respecting and enjoying the nature, a modern yet elegant dining destination eventually came into being.

Atrium . Image © Weiqi Jin
Atrium . Image © Weiqi Jin

In this way, the space and people in it echo with each other. In other words, through the design details and spatial language, both local dinners and visitors from other places are able to interpret and feel the local fishing culture and the spirit behind it.

Irregular Ceiling. Image © Weiqi Jin
Irregular Ceiling. Image © Weiqi Jin

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Address: Haixia Cultural and Creative Industrial Park, No. 10-12, Huli Avenue, Huli District, Xiamen, Fujian, China

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Cite: "HAIGAN Seafood Restaurant / Xiamen Fancy Design & Decoration" 29 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/900805/haigan-seafood-restaurant-xiamen-fancy-design-and-decoration/> ISSN 0719-8884
Entrance. Image © Weiqi Jin

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