Completed in 2022 by Linkchance Architects, the Meet 11 Restaurant is an interior design inspired by and composed of timeless Arabesque elements, brought together to create an experience of order and flow, strength of form, and recollections of time, nature, and beauty. It is a place where people can meet, feel at ease, and enjoy the “11 delicacies” of life.
Meet 11 Huayang Restaurant Technical Information
- Architects: Linkchance Architects
- Location: Qing Guo Xiang, Changzhou, China
- Client: Changzhou Dacheng Xiaoai Catering Management Co., Ltd
- Topics: Restaurants
- Area: 450 m2
- Project Year: 2022
- Photographs: © Jin Weiqi, Linkchance Architects
The overall design concept of the interior takes its inspiration from traditional Arab culture, whether it is the infinite beauty of Arabesque architectural patterns and decoration, the delicacy of Middle Eastern dance, or the refined melodies of the Arab world’s music.
– Linkchance Architects
Meet 11 Huayang Restaurant Photographs
Text by the Architects
1. An Architectural Dialogue:
Only three meters away from the west side of the site is a two-story detached building, the interior of which is a traditional Changzhou private dining space and is managed by the elders of the owner of Meet 11 restaurant. The two restaurants, one Chinese and one Western coexist in one lane, bringing old and young generations – with their contrasting styles and concepts of interior space, an unspoken aesthetic dialogue takes place between them.
2. Spatial Order:
Although the project’s interior has many structural columns, their overall layout is regular and neat, and there is the potential to integrate them into a space with a unique sense of order. The overall design concept of the interior takes its inspiration from traditional Arab culture, whether it is the infinite beauty of Arabesque architectural patterns and decoration, the delicacy of Middle Eastern dance, or the refined melodies of the Arab world’s music. Their timeless aesthetic beauty is derived from a balance between flowing rhythms and a refined sense of order.
Meet 11’s intended clientele are young and independent modern women in Changzhou. The interior’s conceptual cues of subtle strength and gentle curves are consistent with the core principles of Arabesque beauty – imbuing a sense of order, balance, and beauty to everyone who comes here.
The space presented multiple issues for the designers: how to deal with numerous existing columns, an insufficient amount of natural light on the site, and the technical question of how to realize the thin, eggshell-style surfaces surrounding the restaurant’s booths; all required creative solutions to shape the unique atmosphere of Meet11.
The main space of Meet 11 unfolds around a Middle Eastern aesthetic. The principal feature is the Arabesque arch employed in a modular design, which allows for greater ease and efficiency of construction and provides a strong visual structure and tension.
The main entrance is positioned on the left side of the bar, allowing the bar staff to face and serve all customers in the space. The most prominent feature of the bar is the custom-designed light fixture composed of a series of illuminated 1.5cm thick oval-shaped ‘shelves’, which seems to float overhead.
Four circular booths are located opposite the bar, with clusters of tropical plants placed between them to create a relaxing, convivial atmosphere. The designers have also created two spaces semi-enclosed by coverings reminiscent of eggshell – several openings allow their inner space to flow into the rest of the restaurant, providing a strong visual connection with the main space while also allowing customers seated there a feeling of privacy.
The designers faced a challenge in implementing these eggshell-inspired enclosures, as they are a mere 1cm thick but ultimately have more than ample structural strength to serve their purpose. Their overall shapes are, in some ways, a contrast to the remainder of the space, yet they adhere to a similar aesthetic and provide a different nuance to the atmosphere of the restaurant.
The interior walls are simply and elegantly decorated with light, provided indirectly by strips of LED hidden behind arch and oval-shaped openings in thin partitions built 8cm away from the main walls.
For the floors, high-strength decorative concrete has been used to achieve a color palette and pattern which seamlessly matches the other elements of the space.
Custom-made chandeliers of translucent acrylic provide pleasantly focused light throughout the restaurant and present sculptural qualities which seem to shift and change as visitors walk through the interior.
In accordance with the local climate of Changzhou, the space is decorated with tropical green plants to create a natural atmosphere of lightness and leisure.
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About Linkchance Architects
Linkchance Architects is a creative and dynamic team of architects and designers. An Zhaoxue founded the studio in Beijing in 2017. The firm is constantly exploring, accumulating, and practicing with “attitude” to create spaces with a strong atmosphere.
Works Linkchance Architects
- Chief designer: An Zhaoxue
- Design team: Yan Xinxiu, Wei Zetong, Chang Mengya, Li Jiaqi, Du Fangfang
- Lighting consulting: Owen
- Materials: PanDOMO, micro cement, perforated aluminum plate, light guide plate, teak, mirror stainless steel plate, etc
- Construction team: Hangzhou Tangyao Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd/ Chengchang Hongzhi Building Materials (Beijing) Co., Ltd. PanDOMO Studio(Beijing)/Jiangsu Changzhou Hengfeng Weiye FRP Co., Ltd