Taste of Dadong · Rhapsody, Shanghai

Taste of Dadong was designed by the AD ARCHITECTURE team with the specific desire to invoke emotions and have guests experience the space through what they feel more than what they can see.

  • area / size 7,535 sqft
  • Year 2021
  • Location Shanghai, China,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • Design concept
    As a sub-brand of Da Dong Group, Taste of Dadong inherits Da Dong’s philosophy while showing a more relaxing aspect in its DNA. Located in Shanghai, the project is a new upgraded restaurant opened by Taste of Dadong, designed by AD ARCHITECTURE. The design is intended to evoke customers’ emotions, ideas and resonance in a social setting, through incorporating psychedelic, cool tones and presenting the brand’s new, trendy genes. The design team tried to express the true meaning of emotional experience in the space, rather than emphasizing physical reality.

    Brand exploration
    Based on full consideration into the brand’s values and genes, the designers explored the positioning and targeted customer groups of Taste of Dadong, as well as new socializing scenarios. Young, fashionable blue tone is full of vitality; romantic imagination and creativity are like a rhapsody, which stimulates indescribable emotions. Background music combined with drum beats is fitting for the dreamy blue tone of Taste of Dadong. The psychedelic, contrasting colors are in essence presented by lights and shadows, which set the tone for the brand’s image.

    Site consideration
    The project is sited in Shanghai, a fashionable, avant-garde, artistic metropolis where Eastern and Western cultures converge, a city that is inclusive and charming. The design team accurately captured the character of the city, and predicted emotions in this commercial setting. This is the underlying logic for the project. The design team created a series of dreamy scenes, with a view to evoking honest emotions, and expressing illusionary, disorderly and wandering consciousness.

    Spatial thinking
    The thinking of the bar area’s spatial form provided important guidance to design creation. It features young power, stylish atmosphere, and gives a delicate and soft feeling. The design considers contingency and accidentality, and meanwhile incorporates anti-tradition modernist spirit. Cool, dreamy hues and fluidity were fully considered throughout the design process. After deep thinking and analysis, spatial expressions were worked out.

    Spatial design
    The restaurant’s entrance is relatively hidden, and forms a twisting circulation route. The fluid spatial pattern stimulates the guests’ varying emotions and feelings in the space. The space is presented in exaggerated, irregular forms, and abstract modernist aesthetics. The mirrored surfaces generate illusionary visual effects, and strengthen a sense of tension in the space.

    The dining area in the middle shows an extended and upward strength, which promotes the convergence of spatial realms. It stimulates diners to open their mind to socialize, and even evokes their fevered consciousness. The bar counter area awash with subtle light and shadows invites the guests to peep into and interact with it.

    The space subtly incorporates classical jazz and punk blue tones, rather than deliberately emphasizing jazz and punk elements visually. It creates a unique cool, stylish ambience through the composition and the rhythm of light colors. The walls and light circles intersect with each other.

    The bold psychedelic lighting design in the bar counter area is intended to strengthen spatial emotions. The inner spirit of jazz and punk fills the space with passion, whilst generating a soft yet radical romantic rhythm.

    All spatial expressions in this restaurant are based on the consideration of the number of diners, and the thinking of what emotions needed to be stimulated, such as illusionary, empty and wandering positive emotions, or disorderly, wandering negative emotions. The overall spatial design was centered on the intention of evoking honest emotions of users, trying to highlight the true significance of emotional experience in the space rather that physical aspects.

    Lead Design: Xie Peihe
    Client Team: Da Dong, Yuan Yufang, Tang Mingji, Si Xi, Shi Xiusong, Taste of Dadong Shanghai Branch
    Contractor: Beijing Huakai Construction Decoration Engineering
    Photography: yuuuunstudio