如果说伍迪·艾伦(Woody Allen)的《Midnight in Paris》是写给巴黎的一首情诗，那么《BELLO》餐厅就是献给都市文明的一首交响乐，以小酒馆、仿古皮革沙发、灯泡为代表的微型城市。
If Woody Allen’s "Midnight in Paris" is a love poem for Paris, then Bello Restaurant is a symphony dedicated to urban culture, a miniature city comprising taverns, dated leather sofas, and lamps. The case of this study is located in a commercial office building in Taichung. The spatial design assimilates the local landscape of New York, adopting the city as a construction blueprint and reflecting the historical context of the “Big Apple” in the 1960s. The idea of a city block was adopted as a seminal design concept to create the overall dining environment. A city block is the epitome of an entire city, reflecting the conflicting yet reverberating cultures from the past to the present. Contemporary elements were added to the design to complete the image of a miniature city.
The structure of the overall space is based on ceiling patterns. The ceiling in one area is constructed using structural beams, rugged cement boards, light steel structures, and exposed pipes, whereas the ceiling in another area features dispersed artistic lamps, which contrast with the other design elements and visually extend the space. The dining environment, decorated with images of different terrains and cityscape, consists of camel-leather sofas and mottled antique tiles, infusing the dining area with an ambiance of cultural elegance mixed with reflections of new and old times.
A partition was created by converting the context of the city block and city topography into patterns that roam between two dining areas. Gauze and glass were adopted to present two layers of texture, which gives a visual sense of subtle extension interchanging between reality and a virtual world. Under the dim light of the artistic lamps, customers can scrutinize the muted natural mountain scenery or the reflected images of high-rise buildings, contemplating the history of urban evolution. The counter area manifests the image of a partition, displaying a framed view of separate wooden counter embellished with a floral wall fabric covered in glass. The design echoes the double texture of the partition as well as exhibiting vivid spatial memory.
Modeled on a New York streetscape in the 1960s, the overall dining environment is contrasted with high-rise building backgrounds, revealing an overview of a city; it is created by overlapping scenes that contrast and echo a nostalgic setting.
With a dining area displaying scenes of multiple terrains and cityscapes and a transitioning partition mass design, the space takes on streetscape characters that embody the epitome of a city.
The ceiling design in the dining area alternately applies ground materials, reinterpreting the cultural features of a city block.
The partition pattern integrates the gauze and glass textures to symbolize natural mountain scenery and high-rise buildings, adding chemistry to the relaxing atmosphere of the space.
The camel-leather sofa, mottled antique tiles, and subtle lighting from pendant lamps reconstruct an atmosphere of New York in the 1960s, rendering a space where customers can enjoy gastronomic delicacies and an exquisite view.