Biiird Yakitori Restaurant

Biiird Yakitori Restaurant was completed with an array of architectural and design choices that leave the space eye-catching at every turn, by bigER club design.

  • area / size 2,949 sqft
  • Year 2022
  • Location Shenzhen, China,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • Generation of space
    Food has always been an irreplaceable reality, influencing people’s daily lives from the inside out and acting as a critical clue to reshaping commercial spaces. The characteristics of the ingredients and cooking methods of each type of food and drink interact with the form of dining, combining many intrinsic factors to create a variety of dining space typologies, developing a unique sense of “ritual” and even a particular dining culture.

    For example, in the Chongqing hot pot and the Northeastern iron pot stew, the dining table (stove) and the pot itself take over some of the kitchen functions so that dining and cooking are intertwined between diners, creating a form of social interaction between users.

    At Ichiran Ramen in Japan, seating is lined around the kitchen, with partitions separating diners. The spout in front of the seats is a direct extension of the kitchen, ensuring high quality and standardised production in “seconds”. The partition can be removed if two people are travelling together, but this is not commonly done. The “no socialising, no eye contact” style of dining at a single table with a single dish allows people to finally settle down and concentrate on enjoying a bowl of ramen.

    Biiird Japanese Yakitori, a sub-brand of Sushi Gin, is located on the first floor of Block 3 of SKY PARK. The bigER club design studio analyses the site with less than 300 square meters. The design not only focuses on the space and materials but also experiments with how Yakitori as a form of dining can be used to create the space.

    Responding to urban space
    The commercial area where the site is located has a unified glazed façade providing a consistent sense of permeability to the space. The permeability created by the glass façade is interrupted by a row of inappropriately proportioned ornamental columns as one passes through the atrium of the commercial area.

    Step into the site, the design potential of the site (5m height) can be seen before shops 10 to 13 have been interconnected. The spatial connection was not simply by way of rows, but partly horizontally and partly up and down. There are open spaces and relatively separate spaces separated by a shear wall and connected only by a one-metre wide doorway. Even more, some of the spaces are double in height.

    More than design
    After analyzing the site conditions and functional requirements, bigER club design decided to place the dining area and kitchen in the ample space with the columns, with the dining area surrounding and wrapping the kitchen inwards. In contrast, the columns are tucked away in the kitchen. This avoids the abruptness of a column in the middle of the space and creates a continuous semi-ring space, thus increasing the visual continuity. More importantly, the efficiency between the kitchen and the dining area has been improved.

    While satisfied with the main spaces’ capacity and efficiency, the space’s eastern side is almost completely covered by the two larger functional divisions of the kitchen and dining area. The remaining smaller service spaces such as toilets, storage rooms and staff changing rooms need to be cleverly mediated on-site and organically integrated into one multifunctional ‘core’ (infrastructure and circulation core) placed on one side.

    At this point, the “design” is “done”. bigER club design is not willing to stop at aesthetics, problem-solving and efficiency. Private spaces may be able to release a certain degree of social properties (publicness) through some strategy.

    Design: bigER club design
    Lead Designers: Cheuk Chun Yung, Huang Yuan
    Photography: Wu Siming, Wen Jialiang