Some say teppanyaki was invented by Spanish seafarers during the Age of Discovery; others believe that it was the creation of Japanese farmers who were cultivating virgin land; still others claim that it was somehow related to Genghis Khan. Despite the disputes over its origin, the world’s love for teppanyaki is indisputable. Conceived by One House Design, a team led by Fang Lei and known for its simple, modern style, Nanjing Dragon Teppanyaki Restaurant has recently opened its doors, inviting its guests to a new experience where design interacts with the five senses in a stylish dark ambiance.

▼餐厅门面概览,overview of the entrance ©张静


“We enhance the restaurant’s style with simple touches, emphasizing restraint and balance, so that the environment retreats to the background, leaving the stage to people and food. A sense of tranquility underlines the energy and comfort brought by food, in which the guests fully immerse themselves,” says Fang Lei about his artistic vision.

▼室内用餐空间概览,overview of the interior dining area ©张静


开篇:深邃前行 空间礼序
Opening: A Spatial Ritual Leading to the Depth Ahead


The pure material and color of the large blocks in the porch set a cool, dark tone for the restaurant. Embracing a philosophy of minimalism and deconstruction, the facades introduce elements of framing, scenography, and composition, all distinguished by the measured connection between internal and external spaces, just like a “screen” that filters out surrounding noises and allows one to return to the true self.

▼入口处空间概览,overview of the entrance space ©张静


Walking through the light, the guests find themselves in a play of lines and proportions in the atrium, with symmetrical latticework, stainless steel mirrors on the facade and top, as well as multi-dimensional interweaving of light strips, infinitely expanding the space and adding to its splendor. Playing with reality and illusion, the atrium is almost a realm of imagination. A walk through this space is an amazing visual experience and a trip into the future in which the guests immerse themselves in a sense of ceremony.

▼入口处的门廊框架,latticework at the entrance space ©张静


After the porch and the atrium lies the lobby, creating an alternating rhythm that leads the guests into a quiet atmosphere. Such a gradual spatial progression is also a metaphor for psychological changes.

▼由入口处看向接待前厅,a view from the entrance to the reception space ©张静


前奏:别开生面 各显其趣
Prelude: An Innovative Approach to a Lively Space


The main circulation routes cross with each other in a well-organized manner, with the functional areas nicely distributed around them, ensuring an effective separation of the flows in the kitchen and the dining area. The optical ends of the circulation routes join the focal point in a classical Chinese way, bringing emotional memories through familiar aesthetic concepts. The original columns are integrated into a whole, and the bar is shaped by interspersed masses. The integration of layering and juxtaposition speaks of the ingenuity and expressive tension of the details, whereas the grilles break the monotony and dullness.

▼接待前厅概览,overview of the reception space ©张静


The choice of material for the horizontal axis is classic yet flexible. At one end, the refraction of stainless steel gives a sense of playfulness and extension. At the other end, the wall serves as an end view, allowing access to the open dining areas on both sides.

▼接待前厅通向用餐区的走廊,the corridor from reception to dining area ©张静


递进:隔合有道 灵动自如
Progression: The Art of Division for Flexibility and Ease


The layout is based on individual walls, circulation routes, operating and dining areas, etc., creating an all-around immersive experience from multiple dimensions including forms, views, and touch. The wrap-around layout fully respects the scale of movement and the needs of different scenes. Free from over-design, it is dedicated to a more timely and convenient response to guests.

▼料理台前用餐区概览,overview of the pre-counter dining area ©张静


The entire dining area has a uniform color palette with occasional chromatic interruptions. The lively combination of wood, stone, metal and leather reveals their textures at a close look and gives a view of the overall structure from afar.

▼就餐区桌面近景,close shot of the dining table ©张静

▼就餐区椅子近景,close shot of the dining seats ©张静


With a sliding door, the dining area can be a completely open space or divided as needed. The sliding door also invokes the essence of the “screen” that separates two worlds.

▼位于用餐区后方的隔断门,the sliding door behind the dining area ©张静


When the dining area is an open space, the snake plants serve as sightline screening between seated guests, ensuring privacy without compromising the openness of the space. When the dining area is divided, the two windows create a subtle connection with the world outside, extending the grille view that is in line with the aesthetics of the East.

▼就餐台上的绿植,snake plants on the dining table ©张静


尾声:润物无声 意犹未尽
Finale: Lingering Memories of Tender Care


The private room is surrounded by charcoal wood, with glass installed on the bottom of the walls to enhance the connection between the room and the open dining area, and to create an impression of breathability. The interplay of high and low furnishings and the layering of light and dark shades give a dynamic rhythm that is subtle yet effective.

▼包间概览,overview of the private room ©张静


Given the width of the private room, the rounded sides of the dining table strike a balance of rigidity and softness, highlighting its appealing and considerate character. It is a symbol of reunion as well as a sign of privacy and security. With twists and turns, the metal laminate is also a physical interpretation of the “screen”, incorporating plastic art into functionality to achieve harmony between display and decoration.

▼圆弧形台面,the rounded sides of the dining table ©张静


The bathroom also follows the principle of minimalism, representing materials, proportions, and order. The quality and layers of the coarse texture and smooth surfaces are further enhanced by the touch of light.

▼卫生间概览,overview of the restroom ©张静


At Nanjing Dragon Teppanyaki Restaurant, deep insights and comprehensive service are combined with an understanding of food and respect for it. The restaurant empowers business with creative design and carefully polishes every detail of the space, lighting, table equipment, chair and tableware selection, furnishings, etc., all of which speaks of its vigorous pursuit of excellence.

▼平面图,plan ©壹舍设计

项目地点:南京 永隆·圣马可国际家居广场
项目类型:商业空间 餐厅

Project Name: Nanjing Dragon Teppanyaki Restaurant
Project Location: Yonglong · Sanmarco International Furniture Plaza, Nanjing, China
Project Type: Commercial Space, Restaurant
Design Company: ONE HOUSE DESIGN
Project Area: 221m2
Completion Time: Jun. 2022
Chief Designer: Fang Lei
Assistant: Xu Lei, Tan Chaojie
Photographer: Zhang Jing

Release: www.798news.com