Sò Studio designed this stunning restaurant located in the Jing’an District of Shanghai, China. Take a look at the complete story after the jump.
From the architects: “Impossible Land” is the narrative of Réel Chikalicious. It is no longer a specific concept, but an abstract scenario of “Impossible Land”. The design is referencing some post-modern elements and integrating the contemporary surreal language. Actually, the creation is more random; a space exploring while the whole process.
(C Corner of the “LAND” – different materials in the same space to enhance the spatial character)
(Dining area – the truncated columns are reflected the iconic golden pillars of the Jing’an Temple)
(Triangle seats in forest of the “Land”)
The local environment inspired us lot. We insisted on bringing the region memories to the restaurant. The truncated columns, in the store, are reflected the iconic golden pillars of the Jing’an Temple. We also transplanted the memories of the stones and plants of the Jing’an Park into the restaurant.
(Reception – the proportion of the blue and green are almost same in the space)
(Food production bar counter in the “LAND”)
We are more aggressive on the color selection, for example, the proportion of the blue and green are almost same in the space. Meanwhile, we have made a contrast of the material with two colors completely; one a super-reflective degree finish, the other a matte material. Consequently, the spaces naturally take form an advancing and retreating layer.
(Post-modern view – reception details, the use of different materials makes space form an advance and retreat relationship)
We hope the space presents more vanguard through the special material which followed the contemporary surreal languages. Let the materials with different reflect, like acrylic columns, mirrors, stained glass, stainless steel, be in the same space to enhance the spatial character.
(“LAND” contemporary surreal languages – The functional useless sink & seats details)
The functional useless sink is originally a part of the destination “LAND”. It is an installation, which can define the attributes and the qualities of the space.
Name: Chikalicious Réel
Concept: “Impossible Land”
Idea and key words: contemporary, surreal language, post-modern
Gross built area: 136 m2
Address: Réel 2F, Jing’an District, Shanghai, China
Photographer: MUYI & Sò inhouse team
Design team: Sò Studio sooostudio.com