In 2020, under the cooperation between Guo Dong – the second-generation manager of Huda Restaurant and the design team of IN.X, Huda Restaurant in Guijie completed its first refurbishment in the past 20 years. When the restaurant is reopened, the queuing crowd is a relief to the designer Wu Wei, who said that this was actually what he had expected, because he was familiar with the game rule of Huda Restaurant.
▼窗外视野，view from the window © 郑焰
The initial plan was questioned twice.
But finally, nowhere has not been changed.
“Let’s get ready, we might need to start all over again.” – Although known exactly what he designed, Wu Wei still sent such a message to the design team before the last meeting. At the end of the first meeting, although the design proposal was passed unanimously, it comes under doubts afterwards. Operators and experts put forward a lot of questions about the direction of new brand image, the artistry, and the traditional and contemporary treatment methods.
▼胡大饭店的历史，the story of Huda Restaurant
Facing this challenge and under such pressure, IN.X responded firmly: “This time, we design from the future perspective of Huda, and we must seize the customers and market of the future.” After explaining the logic of the whole plan in detail, the design team finally got this response:”Since your considerations are so comprehensive, then just follow the original plan.” As a result, when Huda Restaurant reopened at the end of last year, the scene of crowded guests at the door once again became a scenery on Guijie Street.
▼改造后的用餐空间，the dining area after renovation © 郑焰
Huda and Guijie are grown as a whole
In 2016, it was the first time Guo Dong commissioned IN.X to design a branch of Huda Restaurant. Since then, he has never been disappointed. Although Wu Wei rarely shows in the public activities, he has been regarded as a skilled designer who understand business the most in catering space design field.
▼通过天窗采光，skylights bringing in the natural light © 郑焰
From exterior to interior, a large area of striped black bricks are used to extend the street style to the indoors, as if the restaurant grew from the street, rather then an unexpected existence. Located inside the second ring road in Beijing, the prosperous dining environment of Huda Restaurant is booming in the unique gray alley of the old urban district. Inside the restaurant, the artistry is conveyed from the furnishings to the overall space.
▼大面积条形青砖的墙面，a large area of striped black bricks © 郑焰
As the typical color of Beijing, red and gray form the palette of space, where traditional building structure elements are deconstructed and recombined in patios and eaves. With transparent and smooth line, the interior light and shadow change quietly along with the weather and pedestrians outside the window. Even the space function arrangement, lighting change with time and the disappearance of gender divisions in the bathroom are more subtle artistic expressions in the design. The location and landscape history gave Huda Restaurant a profound cultural gene, which is what it can borrow. As a result, the design of the space tends to be lighter, where the harmonious combination of tension and relaxation reach a good effect.
▼窗边座位，seating by the window © 郑焰
▼栏杆旁的座位，seating by the rhythmic railings © 郑焰
“What’s your design idea?””Building a house for the passion for life.”
The renovated Huda Restaurant is inspiring and enjoyable. The design separates the restaurant function areas clearly, which was a disorder originally like a maze. After completion, each area is connected to each other to guarantee enough sunlight and outdoor landscape no matter where you sit. Rhythmic railings in the shape of hitching post replace the old railings in the ancient architectural style. When the sight is connected to the outdoor landscape through floor-to-ceiling windows, these railings have become the best visual focus.
▼包房，the private room © 郑焰
The large area of black bricks presents a low-key and rich layering under the superposition of light and shadow and cutting details. Forbidden City Red, which can also represent the taste of Huda Restaurant, catches the diners immediately through the eye-catching stairs. It is designed based on the clear movement in the space, and the visual effect is the added value.
▼醒目的楼梯，the eye-catching stairs © 郑焰
The bar counter was added as a new functional area, supplementing the waiting area and adding a young vigor to the restaurant. Another breakthrough was made in the washroom: the lighting colors change according to the three periods of daytime, meal time, and midnight snack time, echoing with mood and time.
▼吧台，the bar counter © 郑焰
▼洗手间，toilet © 郑焰
Although traditional materials are used on a large scale, they are full of concise and upscale contemporary feeling because of the modern processing and design techniques. This kind of contemporary feeling grows from the simplest place, with a strong passion for life and a style that belongs to Huda Restaurant and the Guijie Street.
▼局部，details © 郑焰
Project name: Huda Restaurant Main Store
Interior design: IN.X
Chief designer: Wu Wei
Design team: Liu Chenyang, Jia Qifeng, Li Yan
Interior furnishings: Jin Shengxu, Song Jiangli, Ying Zheguang
Lighting design: Zhu Haiyan
Project area: 1050 square meters
Project Photography: Zheng Yan
Project Video: Fei Xiang
Project planning: LELE Brand Strategy