New York City-based Studio Link-Arc will replace the interiors and façade of the Banu Restaurant in Zhengzhou, China.
The 2100-m2 (22,604-sf) restaurant design first breaks down the large scale of the existing building, reframing the space into a fluid organization system with a series of sculptural cones, shaped for private dining and open kitchens.
Through varying the density, height, and size, the architectural firm was able to transform the transparency of the ceiling panels, creating a sense of depth to the space as one moves through it.
Additionally, two conical voids are introduced at the lobby and the main seating area to tie two dining levels together. A third strategy involved the design of a lattice ceiling.
The interior design elements were extended to the exterior façade, which is pulled up at the entry and is connected along the ceiling, providing continuity between the exterior and interior envelopes.
The design sought to honor Banu, the riverman’s history, creating a space formed from a natural, yet turbulent flow, marked by the sinuous lines of rope pull lattices.
As the flagship restaurant for a growing and innovative franchise, it was important to the client the project would create a recognizable landmark along the main axis road, and that it would be welcoming to the community.