Luneurs Rockbund Bakery

Luneurs Rockbund, a bakery and restaurant in Shanghai’s historic area, was designed with a minimalistic, utilitarian aesthetic, complementing the ornamental architecture by hcreates interior design.

  • area / size 4,628 sqft
  • Year 2023
  • Location Shanghai, China,
  • Luneurs Rockbund is located in one of the most distinguished and historic areas of Shanghai, The Bund. The restaurant and bakery is found on Level one of the National Y.W.C.A Building, a beautiful piece of heritage Architecture completed in 1933.

    For this space, we explored the concept of “utility”. A design adhering to an unfussy, minimalistic, and useful aesthetic. We took note of the ornamental Architecture of the bund and the Y.W.C.A Building itself and wanted to create a space that complemented, rather than competed with the heritage features.

    The concept was influenced by the humble aesthetic of utilitarian spaces, these areas tending to discard elements and accessories which become inconvenient in favor of the practical. This motivated us to create a space that was more exposed and intentional, using modest materials and revealing details rather than hiding them.

    However, it was also important to balance this raw, functional aesthetic against the welcoming, familial brand of Luneurs. To do so we introduced a sense of elegance, warmth and domesticity with timbers and lamps, alongside a collection of informal furniture to instil a laid back atmosphere.

    Design: hcreates interior design
    Design Team: Hannah Churchill, Alex Davies, Xiao Long, Pony Tseng, Florencia Gutierrez, Yicheng Zeng
    Contractor: Hengpin
    Photography: Brian Chua