Chon Buri Restaurant & Spa, Jinghong

Gaozhuang, Xishuangbanna, Jinghong, China

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The project is nestled in the heart of GaoZhuang, the birthplace of the Dai ethnic culture in Xishuangbanna. This land has nurtured a wealth of cultural traditions and the marvels of nature.

The two structures are divided by a central promenade, with distinct businesses occupying either side. On the left-hand side, there is a spa center, while on the right-hand side, there is a restaurant. This corridor not only connects the two sides but also provides a sense of privacy to each individual space.

The primary design inspiration for the restaurant draws from the commonplace leaves found in the local tropical rainforest. Yet, it is these unassuming leaves that, like a perpetual spring, flow ceaselessly, upholding the equilibrium and harmony of the entire rainforest with every breath.

The concept of “taking inspiration from nature,” drawing from the inherent forms found in the natural world, and learning from nature to incorporate it into architectural design.

In the extended space beyond the staircase, the traditional bamboo weaving technique of the Dai people from Xishuangbanna was employed, creating a profound connection with nature within this environment, as if seamlessly melding the realms of the inside and outside.

As the experiential spaces for humanity was created, much effort was made not to displace or disrupt the lives of the “indigenous people”. The homes of the birds were preserved, and every intricate design element has been meticulously crafted to pay the utmost respect to nature and seamlessly integrate the building into the fabric of the rainforest.

Within the courtyard: Encircled by trees or red bricks, the courtyard blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. This captivating courtyard offers a genuine connection with nature, allowing visitors to fully immerse in the serenity and beauty it provides.

Within the restaurant’s interior, small wooden bridges and green slate stones are artfully arranged, enveloped by luxuriant foliage. This arrangement evokes a sense of anticipation and intrigue for customers.

An abundance of wooden and bamboo furnishings was curated, collectively crafting an immersive ambiance that transports diners into the heart of a thriving rainforest. This promises a distinctive and indelible dining experience for customers.

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18,300 sq-ft.





Completed On:

February, 2023

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