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Lakeview Palace Restaurant by Honglei Liu

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Honglei Liu (HL) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Honglei Liu by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design Lakeview Palace here.



Interview with Honglei Liu at Tuesday 26th of April 2016

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
HL: According to ancient Asian philosophy the building blocks of all nature and humanity are the five elements of Earth, Fire, Gold, Water and Wood. From a geographical point of view, it is believed that all five elements inhabit the four different points of the compass with Water and Fire representing North and South and Wood and Gold signifying East and West respectively with the Earth at its heart.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
HL: When one walks into the Winter Palace Restaurant, you recognize the sensation of being touched by the space and in turn, this sensation will lead your heart. Every occasion of discovery here is akin to reading the history, the culture and the humanity and the feeling of transgression of the freedom from the vulgarity.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
HL: The layout of the Restaurant, inspired by this philosophy, has its main dining hall as its central Earth element while the West placed entrance signifies Gold and the abundance of wealth, success and prosperity for the client. North of the dining space is the peaceful and serene Study Space, reminiscent of a calm body of water with the fiery South picked as the obvious location for the Kitchen. The luxury Lounge located on the Eastern axis also draws on the Chinese idiom that “precious air comes from the East” by treating every visitor as a cherished guest.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
HL: The central raised “stage” with its treated black stone flooring and magnificent views across the lake, the entrance courtyard and the lakeside outdoor terrace, creates the setting for the grand circular dining table. A Chinese ceremonial tea table, made from a tree root carving, part sculpture part furniture, stands between the Dining Space and the quiet and tender Luxury Lounge while the tranquil study with exquisite wooden screens, Ming Dynasty style furniture and wood carved art offers a space for peaceful, post-dinner contemplation and conversation rarely found in a restaurant.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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