With curves and airiness just like the refurbished TWA terminal at JFK airport, the tranquil Spring Feast restaurant provides a panoramic escape to take pleasure in a meal. Situated in Chaohu, a well-liked vacation spot for vacationers in Jap China, the restaurant is a part of the Bantang Sizzling Springs, which turned the inspiration for the design. Ippolito Fleitz Group got down to translate the encompassing waters right into a dynamic area for diners to expertise when visiting the springs.
Whereas researching for this venture, Ippolito Fleitz Group stumbled on an editorial from the Ming Interval mentioning the recent springs:
“The mountain has two springs, one chilly and one sizzling. Firstly of their descent, cold and hot are nonetheless separate. As they combine, the fish, sensing the rise in temperature, depart the recent stream.”
The designers translated it into how diners would enter the area, beginning on the higher stage, and main to 2 paths that meet within the restaurant. There’s a direct path down a large staircase and a slower one leads guests by a lounge that gives dynamic views of the restaurant from above.
Natural curves are seen from each angle, even on the outside, paying homage to the encompassing pure panorama. A deeper look reveals cave-like niches just like these inside mountains the place spring water is sourced.
A large arched window wall on the entrance highlights views of the surface, protecting diner’s feeling they’re amongst nature. The pure atmosphere doesn’t cease on the outside because the designers have integrated numerous sorts of biophilic design, together with the inexperienced vegetation see all through.
For these with restricted time, a espresso bar resides in the midst of the area, operated solely by a small robotic.
Partitions, ceilings, and pathways mimic the fluidity of the flowing water. Paired with the undulating white surfaces are inexperienced vegetation of all sizes and species. The ground shows a bi-color texture of earth tones that denote the walkways and seating areas.
Photographs courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group.