The Villa Moon Restaurant project was born in a key historical and cultural block in Hangzhou. It is an architectural renovation project located in the historical block along the Dadou Road and Yunhe (canal), adjacent to Xiangji Temple, a key cultural relic protection scenic spot in Zhejiang Province. Since 2009, the Canal Group has gradually upgraded and transformed the entire historic district, aiming to protect and reinterpret the cultural circle along the canal.
▼玻璃大面的设计给予了建筑更为显眼的进出关系，在整个街道立面中显得更为鲜艳，the glass facade provides project a more obvious depthness, help inlighting the project from the streetand stand out © SALOME STUDIO
The concept of Villa Moon is inspired by the scene described in “Drinking under the Moon” by Li Bai, a poet of the Tang Dynasty: “You must drink fine wine, and ride the moon to get drunk on the high platform”. Based on the characteristics of traditional Chinese culture, combined with modern urban lifestyle, in the process of concept creation, contrasting elements of traditional Chinese garden architecture and typical materials of modern architecture are applied, such as: moon-shaped arches (garden entrance doors), wooden windows Facade decoration, natural stone and modern double-facade shading system, and the concept of “remove decoration” in interior space.
▼建筑一角，城市角度，city urban layers, city view © SALOME STUDIO
▼项目外部不再使用灯光，从而突出了建筑的内部深度，more lights are used on the outside of the structure, thus highlight the interior depth of the building © SALOME STUDIO
The urban context around the restaurant, the constant alternation of “traditional” and “modern” architectural languages also happens to place the project at a fairly central location. Here, the change of architectural style is radial, and the restaurant is just at the boundary of urban style transformation, so it is necessary to find a design style, and strive to accompany tourists in this historical and cultural district and retain the memory of Dadou Road. Therefore, the project building adopts a “double-sided” organizational design. The west side overlooks the inner lanes of the historic district: the traditional language of white brick walls and black terracotta tiles are preserved; the east side faces Lishui Road, supplemented by modern architectural language. The project and urban culture The fusion of project and surrounding therefore echoes the starting point of the concept itself.
▼建筑一角，项目和城市的交接，city urban layers, project view © Forme
▼坐在院内的休息的食客，看着月亮门外匆匆的人流，创造了一种耐人寻味的对比，the resting people sitting in the courtyard, watching the hurried flow of people outside the Moon Gate, creating the interesting contrast of the environmental context © Forme
According to the instructions of the district government department, the project is positioned as one of the entrances of the historic district along the river, so the project is defined not only as a restaurant, but also as a link between two distinct urban environments: modern and traditional. Of course, we cannot forget the function of the building itself: a dining place that needs to balance privacy and comfort.
▼概念上试图保留建筑历史部分并赋予现代手法，conceptually trying to preserve the historical part of the building and endow it with modern techniques © Forme
How can we integrate and express the above elements? The answer is to seek a solution in the control of the transparency of the facade, which uses a wooden sunshade system designed according to the typical proportions of Zhejiang historical buildings. This effect ensures that the facade is shielded from direct sunlight and genitally show the interior artificial light during night.
▼窗户的分格，高度以及材料运用，可以潜在反映出中式韵味的精神所在，the division, height and material use of windows can potentially reflect the spirit of Chinese style © SALOME STUDIO
On the south-facing facade, due to the influence of the previous renovation, the order of the original facade elements was completely eliminated. The use of window systems and modern fixtures presents a sudden change in style against the historical background of the historical block. Our solution was to minimize the stylistic incongruity caused by the elements of the window system by transforming the window system into simple opening. This brings about a transformation that enriches the meaning of the walls on the second floor, transforming it into an exhibition space. From the outside to inside, what you see is the courtyard telling the fireworks story of the restaurant and food; from the inside to outside, you can overlook the surrounding historical buildings, telling the past and today of the city close to canal.
▼玻璃大面提供足够的视野，确保顾客可以在就餐时观察到城市内发生的点点滴滴，looking the east side, Lishou street life became integral part of the project, this effect is obtained with the strategy to use the natural position of the restaurant 1 meters up of the road level © SALOME STUDIO
▼二层概览，second floor overview © SALOME STUDIO
Walking into the interior of the restaurant, the project is mainly divided into two floors. The west area of the first floor is equipped with kitchen and bar space. Going up to the second floor, the special hollow design of the east facade creates an interior landscape balcony, through the large floor-to-ceiling glass, overlooking the city and savoring life. On the west side of the second floor, a private box is set up, with an exposed double-slope roof looking up, and a wall that tells the various styles of wine when viewed from the top, reflecting the love and praise of the elegant restaurant owner for wine. The sunlight shines through the geometric pattern of the Chinese windows and the floor-to-ceiling glass, sprinkles on the decorative texture of the wall, and falls on the reeded glass, forming a decorative element with alternating shadows. Enjoy a glass of delicious afternoon wine in the private room and taste a delicate meal elegant dinners suddenly give birth to a sense of peace and tranquility of “slowly appreciating the fireworks in the world, and watching everything for a long time”.
▼人类的共同记忆是停下脚步，静静观赏月亮的颜色和形状，the common human memories is to stop and watch a moon with her different shape and colors © SALOME STUDIO
▼根据窗外的明度变化，月亮灯的强度也可以随之变化，保证就餐空间的沉寂与空灵感，according to the change of the brightness outside the window, the intensity of the moon light can also change accordingly, ensuring the silence and empty inspiration of the dining space © SALOME STUDIO
▼建筑上使用的“剥离”理念，the “stripping” concept used in the building © Forme
Going back to the first floor, a typical Chinese traditional courtyard building is undergoing a strong integration of internal and external spaces. The folded door on the south side can be fully opened to perfectly connect with the courtyard garden; in spring, on the east-facing facade, a large folded window creates an interesting space where you can sit and watch the city scenery with exquisite and beautiful decorations. Enjoy a unique, fast-paced and cozy lunch with the green leaves and breeze in spring.
▼三扇窗分别正对常青树，白墙和落叶树，在秋季，食客们甚至感受到窗外同时具有不同季节的风景, the three windows face the evergreen trees, the white walls and the deciduous trees respectively. In autumn,people even feel the scenery of different seasons outside the windows © Forme
▼室内的静谧感，the peaceful feeling of interior © Forme
The selection of interior decoration and soft decoration materials is based on the concept of “nature”, but not too much “artificial” decoration, materials without complicated processing processes are selected, such as: concrete, stainless steel, micro cement, polished concrete, wood and reeded glass. Considering that after a series of previous renovations, the house completely lost its original structural features, and its own structure is no longer wood, but reinforced concrete, we chose to highlight the natural expression of concrete by means of “Remove decoration” contrary to the traditional “covering decoration” approach, we try to “discover” the original face of the building and transform it into a decorative element.
▼设计上利用阴影来丰富室内的纹理。午后，传统木制门窗的阴影打入室内，给室内朴素的地面铺装增添了趣味，the design applied shadows to enrich the texture of the interior. In the afternoon, the shadows of traditional wooden doors and windows penetrate into the interior, adding interest to the paving © Forme
▼每个餐位都具有自己独特的风景，each place has its own unique scenery © SALOME STUDIO
The connection part of architectural and interior is its inner courtyard, echoing the style of the project interior, the gray tone of the gravel paving and the yellow tone of the ginkgo leaves form a color contrast, creating a richer sensory experience. We also preserved traditional elements of Chinese gardens that are important to the city of Hangzhou, such as the arched entrance on the east side and paths paved with local stone. The brand-new interpretation of the big stone window in the kitchen, while allowing light to pass through, can also slightly obscure the sight of passing guests. The figures in the window are faintly visible, showing the wonderful process of food cooking.
▼景观部分选用石砖，毛面混凝土和黑色石子，以匹配建筑上使用的“剥离”理念，stone bricks, rough concrete and black stones are selected for the landscape to match the “stripping” concept used in the building © Forme
In terms of lighting selection, we chose to use rechargeable ambient lights for the dining table lighting, which not only ensures greater freedom in the table layout, but also follows the elements of the project theme “Moon”, creating a “before the flowers and under the moon, hidden in nature, Drink and chat” relaxed atmosphere. This point not only reproduces the poetic flavor of the interior space concept, but also integrates into the modern and urban environment through the facade glass.
▼得益于灯光和长虹玻璃的组合设计，在夜间，项目室内部分也不会缺少纹理，due to the combined design of light and Reeded glass the interior part of the project will not lack texture even in the at night © SALOME STUDIO
▼轴侧图，axono © Forme
▼总平面图，site plans © Forme
▼一层平面图，first floor plan © Forme
▼二层平面图，second floor plan © Forme
▼负一层平面图，B1 floor plan © Forme
▼立面图，elevations © Forme
设计团队：Claudio Milanesi (主设)，李哲桢，蔡舜欣，唐得智，李东洋
建筑面积： 862 sqm㎡
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