Aokumo in Beijing

Aokumo in Beijing

Designer
NATURE TIMES ART DESIGN
Location
Huali Building, Beijing, China | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Restaurants
Lu Fenfang

Aokumo in Beijing

NATURE TIMES ART DESIGN as Designers

Aokumo is a sister brand of Seiku, based in Dongcheng District, Beijing. While inheriting the culinary craftsmanship of Seiku, it redefines the authentic traditional Japanese cuisine. The Chinese meaning of the brand’s name “Aokumo” implies two contrasting aspirations — entering and withdrawing from the secular world, which are not contradictory but somewhat carry chivalrous spirits.

photo_credit Lu Fenfang
Lu Fenfang

Sited in Beijing, the historical city with strong cultural characteristics and lively, business streets and lanes, Aokumo mainly offers Kaiseki cuisine (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner). Originated from the tea ceremony, Kaiseki cuisine that the restaurant serves appears purer against the backdrop of the hustle and bustle of the city. It emphasizes on the dining atmosphere, to evoke diners’ multi-sensory experiences in the space.

photo_credit Lu Fenfang
Lu Fenfang

Behind the curtain at the restaurant’s entrance area is a gray space. The twisting circulation route gradually alleviates guests’ restlessness. After entering this space, the diners will immediately get relaxed and immerse themselves in tranquility.

photo_credit Lu Fenfang
Lu Fenfang

With no redundant decorations, the compact tatami-style private dining room is wrapped by rattan mats. A long window opening is carved out to create enframed view, which embodies Oriental philosophy. The floating art installation above the table echoes the inaccessible deep area of tea ceremony space. In the balance between emptiness and enrichment, the vastness of universe and the smallness of individuals are both revealed in the room.

photo_credit Lu Fenfang
Lu Fenfang

The purity of space and the authenticity of cuisine convey Oriental charm, which is elegant, wonderful, exquisite, and appealing. Meanwhile, the introduction of landscapes and the implicit spatial narratives all embody Oriental philosophy.

Team:
Design firm: Nature Times Art Design Co., Ltd.
Creative director: Wei Jinjing
Interior finishes design: Wei Yaocheng, Guan Haoyuan
Interior decoration design: Zhang Huichao, Lin Yushi
Lighting consultant: ENLIGHTEN LIGHTING DESIGN/ Ding Jie

photo_credit Lu Fenfang
Lu Fenfang
photo_credit Lu Fenfang
Lu Fenfang
photo_credit Lu Fenfang
Lu Fenfang
Caption
Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands
29 Jun 2022 News
Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands

  In the city center Of Heerlen, Poppodium Nieuwe Nor by diederendirrix is a unique new landma... More

Izar Houses in Mexico celebrate the natural landscape, light, and rainfall
29 Jun 2022 News
Izar Houses in Mexico celebrate the natural landscape, light, and rainfall

On a steep site in Mexico, Izar Houses by Taller ADG Alonso de Garay pay exceptional attention to en... More

25 best architecture firms in Madrid
27 Jun 2022 News
25 best architecture firms in Madrid

Madrid is a center of gravity for European architecture. Spain’s capital city is host to an am... More

Lviv’s Radio Garage offers an experimental space for temporary exhibitions with a focus on radio, sound art, VR-art, and interactive media
25 Jun 2022 News
Lviv’s Radio Garage offers an experimental space for temporary exhibitions with a focus on radio, sound art, VR-art, and interactive media

In Lviv, Radio Garage is a media art centre and an experimental gallery for temporary exhibitions wi... More

Urban infill project Manifesto Market Andel activates an underutilized gap in Prague’s urban fabric
25 Jun 2022 News
Urban infill project Manifesto Market Andel activates an underutilized gap in Prague’s urban fabric

Located in Prague’s Andel District, Manifesto Market Andel is an urban infill project activati... More

Amsterdam’s iconic Droogbak building transformed into a 21st-century office space for a prestigious law firm
24 Jun 2022 News
Amsterdam’s iconic Droogbak building transformed into a 21st-century office space for a prestigious law firm

An iconic 19th-century building next to Amsterdam Central Station, Droogbak has been transformed int... More

Renovated hacienda-style villa in Belgium respects its history while exploring form and materials
24 Jun 2022 News
Renovated hacienda-style villa in Belgium respects its history while exploring form and materials

House VD-B by Graux & Baeyens architecten is a renovated hacienda-style villa in Evergem, Belgiu... More

Landmark urban renewal project comes to the heart of Bruges with the completion of The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC)
22 Jun 2022 News
Landmark urban renewal project comes to the heart of Bruges with the completion of The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC)

In the heart of the historic city of Bruges, The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC) is a... More