237 Kreta Ayer Restaurant 牛車水餐廳
2017. Dragon Centre, Hong Kong 香港西九龍中心
[The Temporal Vibrancy]
Asian street/food markets are famously known for their vibrancy, intricate layout, and at times, their messiness. How do we upgrade an eatery with the Singaporean namesake to keep the interests of the first two qualities while transforming the third less preferable quality into something interesting?
A series of arches shifted on plan are placed within the premise to avoid the usual dullness of a minimalist layout to create journeys of discovery. The arches also collide perpendicularly, embedded with other elements, and turned at unexpected places. The result is a consistent visual language with a vibrant reading different in every location depends on where you sit. The horizontal elements resemble the hanging lights of the typical street markets are randomly punched with 'lightcuts' where dapples of lights are reflected from within the structure to create a sense of casualness like strolling on a street. Wall textures and tile patterns are deliberately made raw and rough for the effect of busy-ness in the asian context. While dining in street markets is a unique and temporal experience, the design of the Kreta Ayer restaurant attempts to do just that.