While a lot of modern Chinese dining turn away from Asian stereotypes, we wanted to retell the Palace story by creating a contemporary experience evoking a sense of regal Chinese familiarity and curiosity across generations.
We left the usual black and brass motifs behind, and added artisanal landscaping and contemporary palettes for the new space to emote a premium yet welcoming setting.
The design of the Palace bar emphasises a deep rich red porcelain coating on the inside surfaces of the open-shelving, inspired by Chinese ‘Oxblood’ pottery.
It frames the end of the main walkway as part of the service corridor.
Lining the 13.6m by 3.05m walkway, is a hand-painted mural conceived as a textural collaboration between the fluidity of seasons, and an allegory for celebrating friendship.
Migrating swallows follow the trail of the seasonal walkway to symbolise a continuous culture of community.
A brass mesh layer separates the guests from the bustle of the mall, and hides them away in a warm setting surrounded by the mural landscaping. We retained the old wood carvings and turned them into framing to preserve the restaurant’s heritage.
Customary service stations were transformed into wardrobe-looking structures to evoke a sense of homeliness instead of the usual formality.
Adjacent to the main dining hall is the courtyard area that sits against the backdrop of Chinese concrete roof tiles laid in alternating patterns to realise a new yet familiar motif. A deconstructed moon gate connects traditional Chinese courtyard vernacular to contemporary dining.
Tea is very intrinsic to Chinese culture, and we wanted to commemorate the experience. The tea room creates a literal room for engagement and conversation, and encourages keeping the tea tradition alive.