Hot Pot restaurant

Raffles City, Chongqing

About the project

This hot pot restaurant is set to be a landmark in Chongqing, set in a garden conservatory cantilevered high above the city, a modern day reflection of the traditional Chinese courtyards and the famous stilted houses (Diao-jiao-lou) of Chongqing. These are positioned along the waterfront of the two converging rivers, housing many hot pot restaurants, bars and tea houses.

These are made up of various sizes all piled together, with wooden and bamboo support poles, decorative screened windows and balustrades, and tiled roofs, lit with a very distinct yellow light, and adorned with red lanterns.

Key features of the design are the private dining rooms of various size and profile, supported by wooden poles and hovering over the open market style deli and butchers blocks below, where guests can make a personal platter of the freshest ingredients to have served at their table. Two semi private tables on either side flank this open “market” style counter.

The central garden courtyard is sunken with an open terraced PDR above to allow a further layering of spaces and providing optimum views. Grey brick walls are adorned with graffiti style artwork resembling the infamous Huangjueping “Graffiti street”, an artists haven of Chongqing, and home to a number of galleries, art schools and studios, and a hot destination for art lovers.  This hotpot restaurant is a modern urban artistic reflection.

Furniture is a casual contemporary Chinese style in bright colours derived from the red lanterns and set amongst the trees lining this streetscape.  Colour also appears as highlights on the waiters uniforms in the way of beaded necklaces or bracelets. Tin can pendants lights hand abstractly from trees and above tables resembling old Hakka baskets. Nothing is contrived; this scene has evolved and choreographed itself into a timeless, effortless urban story.