Our objective was to design a restaurant with an elegant and comfortable atmosphere
which feels both contemporary and classic. This approach was born out of a close
collaboration with the client, and arose from a set of tables and chairs the client had
previously purchased for the space. Consisting of white leather cushions set on dark
wood frames, the chairs prominently feature a ribbed backrest. The components of the
chair provided an aesthetic vocabulary used throughout the project. The result is a
harmonious relationship between the client’s furniture and the interior design.
The existing space of the site was highly irregular in both shape and proportion, and a
perimeter of load bearing concrete walls limited improvements to the layout. From the
beginning, it was clear that the design should be focused on the surfaces and lighting.
This led to us to experiment with ideas concerning 2-dimensionality and depth. The
privacy screens that divide the space, at first glance, look like traditional Chinese doors,
but the seemingly random pattern of perforations actually contain a hidden message.
The inner linings of the perforations were painted white on one side only. “DIM SUM
BAR” is spelled out repeatedly, but only visible from certain angles. The entry signage is
composed of holes that have been drilled into the wall that are then backlit. The vitrines
that display the wines contain only one layer of bottles, but due to the mirror’s reflections,
a 2D grid appears as an infinite 3D matrix.
Architects: Hou de Sousa
Project Team: Nancy Hou, Josh de Sousa
Project Area: 150 sq. m
Photography: Hou de Sousa
Location: Isabel La Católica n94-464 y Cordero, Quito, Ecuador