This popular noodle restaurant on a pedestrianised shopping street close to the river in Changsha has been given a facade of moulded concrete and weathering steel.
The form used for the facade, a sheet of vertical split bamboo strips, is used as a front piece for the restaurant’s service counter.
Space within the restaurant is divided by gridded metal frames which rise from the floor to a high ceiling. Suspended here are steel cable ‘noodles’ hanging in deeply looping rows forming a sculptural ceiling. Bare bulbs suspended within the form defined by these ‘noodles’ provide a soft, warm light in the interior.
In good weather the front of the restaurant can be opened up softening the divide of interior and exterior as seating is moved onto the street and light and breeze are allowed to enter.
Project team: Christina Luk, Alba Beroiz Blazquez, Cai Jin Hong, Pao Yee Lim
General contractor: Shanghai MaiChang Construction Project Co., Ltd.
Area: 50 sqm
Lukstudio have completed this new office for themselves. Wrapped around a glass walled courtyard with a tree at its centre, the office emphasises flexibility in use and is amply lit with natural light.
Design Team: Christina Luk, Wesley Shu, Scott Baker, Mavis Li
Area: 133 sqm
General Contractor: Shanghai Dong Yuan
Furniture Supplier: Hay, Paustian, Fermob
Lighting Supplier: Tons
Lukstudio have designed this small patisserie extending features of the brand’s packaging into architectural form whilst maximising usage of a small space.
The shop stands in a row originally fronted with dark wooden panels. These are replaced with a predominantly white facade creating a strong presence and a contrast with adjacent businesses.
The display window and a lit panel above introduce a motif of regularly overlapping semi- circles derived from the design of the shop’s gift boxes. Once inside, one finds this repeated in a feature wall behind the service counter.
The interior, despite its modest dimensions, employs several features that create the impression of a larger space.
The elongated form of the counter where guests may sit for a coffee or cake gives the impression of additional length.
A step up in the ceiling, along with a corresponding division in the floor, distinguish the service area whilst also creating a sense of opening up as one approaches it.
The wall opposite the service counter curves in such a way that it recedes in the peripheral vision as one faces the counter making the narrow space feel less restrictive.
Location: Huangpu District, Shanghai
Area: 63 sqm
Scope: Interior design, custom furniture and lighting design
Design: October – December 2013
Construction: December 2013 – February 2014
Project team: Christina Luk, Mavis Li, Wesley Shu, Scott Baker, Special thanks to Jaycee Chui, More Design Office
Lighting consultant: German To for Lucent Lit Co. Ltd.
General contractor: Dongde Decor
Lukstudio completed three stores for the cupcake brand, Pantry’s Best, in Shanghai
Client: Pantry’s Best
Scope: storefront design, custom furniture & lighting design
Area: L’Avenue 53 sqm / K11 Art Mall 14 sqm / Jing’an Joinbuy City Plaza 14 sqm
L’Avenue / K11
Design: Nov 2014 – Jan 2015
Construction: Feb – April 2015
Design team: Christina Luk, Cai Jin Hong, Pao Yee Lim, Wesley Shu, special thanks to Lexi B and Mama Irene
Jung’an Joinbuy City Plaza
Design: 16 March 2016 – 16 April 2016
Construction: 16 April 2016 – 29 April 2016
Design team: Christina Luk, Cai Jin Hong, Ma Kun