Located at the heart of Shanghai’s financial district, the project entails the interior design of 5 office tower lobbies as well as their typical floors’ common areas.
The governing design direction is to express the form of a partial arch on the walls that bound the double-ceiling lobby spaces. This soft, languid arch is articulated through the robust materiality of travertine, creating a harmonious interplay between softness and solidness. Paired with bronze accents and a marble stone, these tall, vertically curving walls are designed to inject an air or old-age grandeur into the office towers, at the same time possessing a fine enough detailing to preserve its physical relationship to the human scale.
Blossom Restaurant is a contemporary Chinese restaurant situated in the lobby of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.
The design straddles the restaurant’s oriental character and a contemporary design language. A line of seven modular pods of varying heights provide a visual and tactile encounter for patrons and passers-by. Bound aesthetically by a consistent language of white oak fins, they are integrated into an existing undulating platform, creating an architectural topography further accentuated by the pods’ slanting profiles.
Light fixtures mimicking Shanghai street lamps pepper the restaurant, adjusting patrons’ sense of scale within the huge atrium. Custom-designed solid timber chairs with curved backs influenced by Ming-style furniture and dining tables with clover-shaped bases that extend to the tables’ surfaces as a homage to the restaurant’s branding reflect the timelessness, sophistication and attention to detail that are woven throughout the restaurant.
The Plum & Toro Restaurant is a modern Japanese brasserie located in the verdant district of the Robertson Quay.
Faced with the challenge of designing a space where two large areas are connected by a narrow passage, a dining area and drinking area is placed as programmatic anchors at different ends of the restaurant. A long teak counter was inserted to connect the two ends and emphasize the length of the passage, while beveled mirrors and timber screens further elongates the space visually. Green marble, white washed oak and a backdrop of solid teak tubes forms a palette that references the natural hues of the riverfront landscape.