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YULONGFU DUMPLING RESTAURANT

By

  • PNEU ARCHITECTS
  • YULONGFU
  • UXPACE
  • TIVRA
  • ALFIONDECO

Description

Double-storey authentic Chinese dumpling restaurant located in Bourke Street, one of the busiest streets within the business district. The art and craft of making dumpling have been reinterpreted, to showcase the details, patience, and craftsmanship of making a dumpling (小笼包) and bun (包子). The Chinese tradition and culture infused into local activities through the openness of the shopfront, and free ground floor space arrangement. Internal spaces divided and zoned with the vertical screens while maintaining the free vision. Vision is directed by a blend of materials combination and repetition.

Key Features

1

It is within a heritage precinct where heritage elements and values in 1960 are maintained, the friezes, building brutalism where the long, low, concrete-faced façade and floor granite stone pavers. The internal space is activated from the external public realm, two floors are interconnected through a staircase and dumbwaiter. Circulation is permeable from space to space. The timber veneer panels, hardwood timber, and natural stone fully integrated with greenish tiles, steel, glazing, and copper to achieve aesthetic, quality, safety, and sustainability. Consultants have been engaged to address the functional aspect of this historical spaces, authorities consulted to address sustainability.

2

Within the infused block, there is a severe abandon of existing services either from adjoining properties or within the existing envelope and either overhead or underground. Long and narrow rear access way complicating ongoing services maintenance. A new solution is introduced to overcome the difficulties. The interior is designed to outrun the constraint for current and future tenants. Through the special organisation and planning, the end-user will not be omitted by accident. And the spaces provide wayfinding for end-user such as beverage bar, dumpling preparation, floor dining (either secluded or open), and amenities.

3

The overall interior and heavily embellished features portray the Chinese and local essences creating a blend of sophistication to the standard dining experience. This notion celebrates and introduces the rich culture Chinese-Melbournians while bringing a touch of sophistication to urban living in Melbourne. The spacious seating arrangement allows the customers to come together with friends and family to fully immerse themselves in the sophisticated atmosphere and the unique culture while dining in. The congregation area brings more excitement into the dining atmosphere and believed it has set a special benchmark at the professional level and reputation.

4

Within the infused block, there is a severe abandon of existing services either from adjoining properties or within the existing envelope and either overhead or underground. Long and narrow rear access way complicating ongoing services maintenance. A new solution is introduced to overcome the difficulties. The interior is designed to outrun the constraint for current and future tenants. Through the special organisation and planning, the end-user will not be omitted by accident. And the spaces provide wayfinding for end-user such as beverage bar, dumpling preparation, floor dining (either secluded or open), and amenities

5

The lighting design is intended to create a lighting atmosphere as of retail space on the ground floor where directional downlight is utilised and focusing on the storytelling feature wall. On the other hand, in the basement, the lighting was designed to be area focus to create a more tranquil and moody dining experience. Soft lighting was also created behind the partition screen adding a sense of mystery to the space.
Feature screen which creates light and shadow atmosphere in an urban dining setting proved to be out of the norm and inspirational.
The majority of the wall cladded with engineered timber veneer panel to create a boundless optical impression to the restaurant, breaking the compacted spatial experience. And it further enhances by the incorporation of reflective copper stainless steel and laser cut stainless at the bar counter, dumpling preparation, copper colour steel racks, copper handrail, and timber grain floor tiles.

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