okamoto deguchi design was inspired by the celebration of Spring as a season and using natural materials to design a unique experience for diners at Ran Guo.

  • area / size 3,681 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Location Beijing, China,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • Freezing winter constantly reminds people how thrilling it is when spring comes with dancing petals in the sky. In Japan, hanami is an annual event for reunion, where people sit down and enjoy delicious food with their family and friend under the blooming cherry tree. Sited at the heart of Chaoyang district Beijing, this fine dining restaurant of Japanese hotpot was designed based on this idea and hope for offering a hanami-like ambience. Different with the seriousness or solemnity in most of the fine dining places, Ran Guo aimed to be relatively casual and relaxing, which caused by the popularization of hanami. Countless wood carvings on façade of the private room visualized the shape of wind. Embedded inside façade, the lighting system illuminated the shape of cherry petal, depicting a scenery of floating petals.

    Interspace can be found among those compactly laid boxes when walking, bringing more interesting visual experience. Besides, within the interspace, a micro garden was built to be the entrance of the private room, meanwhile, by visually overlapping and sheltering, to save the privacy due to the location of the entrance.

    Those box-like existences that are compact and undulating seem to bring pressure when seen in distance though, by shrinking the scale of other elements in this space, an intimacy reveals when stepping inside, just like wandering through alleys in Japan.

    Along with the sunset, sunlight reflecting on the glass façade disappeared, giving a chance for the internal to show off its beautiful appearance in the dusk. It is hard to neglect it as those wood carvings are sparkling.

    Design: okamoto deguchi design
    Design Team: Okamoto Keizo, Deguchi Tsutomu, Wu Zhuozhaoyi, Cao Bo, Zhang Yimeng
    Photography: Ruijing Photo