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issue 46 - October/November 2018
CURVE magazine cover October/November 2018
Inspire  Project  


Bringing New Life to Colonial Heritage

While working on the design of a third shopping center for their clients, the Spacemen team were so taken by the serene beauty and picturesque scenery of the region's endless tea fields that they sought to embody that charm into the store's identity. Drawing inspiration from the scenes around them they were able to reinterpret the iconic green hills into an abstract design for the restaurant, which will become the flagship for the clients' brand and a prominent landmark in the area.

A refurbished mid 19th century colonial heritage building in the newly developed outdoor shopping district, Fengsheng Li, will be the client's new flagship restaurant as well as becoming a signature landmark in the center of the government owned property. Overlooking the promenade's water feature, a sculptured brass cage integrated into the entry foyer facade takes center stage. It houses a new outdoor tea bar behind angled brass slats that shield it from the midday sun and come night fall, the brass disappears as light from within the foyer pours outwards.

While the exterior has mostly been left intact due to historic preservation guidelines, the interior has been completely transformed. Entering the main dining area through the bar, patrons move from the old to the new. Once inside, approximately 35,000 meters of gold chains in three different shades make up the undulating sculpture like planes.

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