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Beijing Kitchen

The design of Beijing Kitchen for SKP Xi’An has helped create an elegant and intimate dining experience for the award-winning fine-dining restaurant.

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The restaurant’s design and layout are inspired by Xi’an’s streetscape and urban structure, as well as by the grids, symmetry, hierarchy and greenery of the Forbidden City in Beijing. We took design cues from the original Beijing Kitchen at SKP Beijing, and wanted to create a luxurious, warm and informal environment in which to enjoy the cooking of renowned chef Ku Chi Fai.

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At 1500 square metres, and 238 covers, this is a large restaurant so we subdivided the space, creating public, semi-private and private areas, ensuring it feels intimate for all diners wherever they are seated. We carefully considered and coordinated the internal brass partitions, delineating and connecting the brass floor trims, the ceiling framework, the wall framework, and the furniture. With their onyx marble infills, the brass partitions contrast with a neutral polished concrete floor, while they also house LEDs to diffuse light off the ceiling. 

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We wanted to enhance the restaurant’s intimate feel so incorporated large, upholstered and teal-coloured acoustic discs which hang above each of the tables, absorbing sound and breaking up the space. We also designed bespoke lighting to create pools of diffused or directional light, depending on both the time of day and the required atmosphere.

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Faux shagreen cladding was used to create a luxurious textured detailing on the perimeter wall panels, capped with brass and backlit, illuminating key circulation routes and overlapping to create rhythm around the restaurant, while helping to reduce the scale of the space.