Yiduan Shanghai International Design : Shandao restaurant

In a former tertiary building, the Chinese architecture firm Yiduan Shanghai International Design is developing the Shandao, a restaurant where each table has its own atmosphere. Combining raw concrete and bamboo walls, this transformation plunges us into a dark and solemn atmosphere.

When Xu Xujin, Associate Architect of Yiduan Shanghai International Design Agency, was commissioned by the owner of an old 2 000 office building of Fuzhou City Center (China) to build a restaurant is a real playground that has been offered to him. Indeed, with its vast central atrium and its stud-beams framework in rough formwork concrete releasing large free platforms, the structure built in the 1980 years had a configuration conducive to the expression of all the creativity of the main contractor Chinese.

The studio then imagines a bamboo forest, calm and soothing, but also hot activities. To materialize this ambivalence, he conceives four types of different atmospheres with their own spatial configuration that separates them by large metal walls dressed with bamboo skylights.


The ground floor, dedicated to kitchens and reception, is thought of as a felted hotel. The layout of the first floor, occupied by more than 25 covered 10 tables arranged randomly, is much more anarchic, like the urbanism of Asian cities. The second, for its part, houses eight rooms that can be privatized with a capacity of 20 people. As for the last two levels, much quieter, they are punctuated by semi-private alcoves.

As if hollowed out in the concrete slab, these pentagonal niches are movable cocoons arranged in the heart of the immense establishment. The light is softer, more intimate, filtered and sifted thanks to the bamboo stems.

A place to remember for fans of new experiences!

To learn more, visit the site of Yiduan Shanghai International Design

Photographs: Quan Zhang

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