“Qiaojiao Beef” comes from the people， where this delicacy could be brought from merely a load of shoulder pole and a pot.It is said that the diners without seats always put one of their legs on the cross beam under the table， hence the name of “Qiaojiao” (same pronunciation with Lifting Feet in Chinese).Jinshankoufu Beef Hot Pot was founded in 1907， and has been passed on for four generations relying on the nutritious hot pot beef soup as well as a savory and mellow flavor. Nowadays Jinshankoufu moves beyond Sichuan province， and is committed to combine the authentic local food with modern aesthetics， bringing the metropolis diners the experience of street life spices of Leshan across time and space. Having been in Sichuan for four times， the designer has an overall planned design over brand image， interior design， furniture and utensils， casting brand temperament with classic elements and creating a vivid atmosphere of “sitting with legs lifting， eating oblivious of one”.
The unique 6-meter story height gives full play to the designer’s inspiration but also brings challenges.In terms of catering， being too spacious brings a feeling of isolation and loneliness， and it is also easy to make it fragmentary and deliberate. Therefore， the designer hopes to find a method of device art to achieve the purpose of commanding the space.
There is an old saying in Leshan，“No matter rich or poor， a bowl of Qiaojiao Beef lounge away a day”， which conveys the natural leisure of Sichuan people. The designer also wants to express this casualty through space. With Less edges and corners， be more rounded and accessible. After many attempts an arc-shaped traffic active line was built and the three arc lines follow the trend， extending to different directions， which skillfully coincide with the scene of three rivers confluence in Leshan. Furthermore， three kinds of daily materials are excavated from the life of Sichuan area， bringing a sense of warmth to the gray space： tranquil and comfortable linen， flexible and smooth bamboo mat， natural and simple wood veneer. The arcs of different materials are different in length， looking like rivers rushing forward， which shows more vitality. The light illuminates these curves here. The three materials reflect each other with deficiency and excess， which enhances the sense of space. The light halo is soft and flexible， making the original tall space full of sense of layering， transparent but not empty. All of these make the diners feel like being in a space artwork when stepping to the restaurant.
The curved desktop on the ground corresponds to the curve in the air. The designer’s ingenuity comes from the long table banquet， another intangible cultural heritage of Sichuan area. The long table banquet gathers hundreds of flavors from the neighborhood， rather， people’s feeling and relations， for the purpose of a natural closeness between people. Isn’t that exactly the hot pot is for？ The arc desktop naturally matches with the arc device in the air， forming all in one take， enhancing the sense of array in the space. At the same time， the layout of the long table greatly improves the utilization rate of the horizontal layout； increases the number of seats in such high rented emporiums， and it won’t make the diners feel crowded. With chopsticks up and down， glasses clinking， modern people have the desire for both privacy and an also the atmosphere of closeness and bustling. In the long table dining area of Jinshankoufu， there are hanging cast iron pots between the adjacent tables separating space， which brings perfectly a good sense of privacy and can help interaction between the adjacent tables as well.
As the old Chinese saying goes， “I would rather eat without meat than live in a place without bamboo. “The bamboo grid on the exterior facade is transparent and tasteful. The designer makes use of the surface with a slight notch and designs the bamboo grid as an arc， extending a flexible and regular space form. The arc on both sides extends into the store， which can naturally guide the guests into the store. The bamboo basket with rich flavor of life atmosphere at the door， combined with exquisite jewelry spotlights， achieves an implicit continuity between the old and the new， and adds a richer aesthetic judgment to the marketplace pragmatism.
The combination of oriental aesthetics and modern design doesn‘t have to be a duplicate of so-called ancient town or ancient architecture. Sichuan cuisine doesn’t necessarily be all spicy， and naturally the hot pot restaurant doesn‘t have to be in overwhelming red either. The designer uses gray stone and wooden elements to build a leisure space， and further brings the architectural techniques into the interior design. The materials and lights are used to create a comfortable and surprising feeling between people and space. The horizontal light belt on the wall is irregularly arranged. The classic spherical glass lamp is suspended above the dining table， without complicated decoration. The light is steady and restrained so that people’s attention is naturally focused on the partly boiling soup and fresh food. Leaving behind the impetuosity of the metropolis， close the eyes， you can return to the bottom of Leshan Mountain in a few seconds， calm and elegant.
Site Location：ZHONGDA INTERNATIONAL SHOPPING MALL
Design Firm：FUNUN LAB