wuji studio has designed ‘rêver • 玥’, a modern french cuisine restaurant situated on the south bank of the pearl river in guangzhou, china. rêver, which means ‘to dream’ in french, resembles the word ‘river’ in spelling, while the name 玥 is a chinese mythical reference to a sacred pearl in the sky. the seemingly simple name embodies the restaurant’s purpose to tribute to the celebrated pearl river of south china, which over the millennia has nurtured a vast range of quality ingredients, and has heavily influenced local cuisine.
the color palette of the restaurant is inspired by the river’s changing shades of color
all images courtesy of wuji studio
wuji studio has created a modern and minimal interior, featuring details that are designed to reference the pearl river. the color palette is inspired by the river’s changing colors, creating a tranquil and soothing ambiance, while the white marble on the floor forms a pattern that resembles the movement of flowing water. in addition, the reflective ceiling that resembles a river surface, connects with the sky through the large windows, providing an interesting visual effect.
the curved alcoves provide semi-private sofa seatings, creating a sense of a winding river channel
the arrangement of seating at different levels, like terraced fields along the river allows all guests to enjoy a 180-degree view over the river and the truly vibrant guangzhou skyline. the space was equipped with bent beechwood furniture that align with the aesthetic of the interior. the kitchen was designed to be open, as a ‘museum’ where customers can observe and appreciate cuisine as art. to curate an exceptional dining experience, the design is deeply inspired by the guided tours so popular in major museums and art galleries, and expects use these ‘art pieces’ to interact and communicate with guests, allowing them to see beyond the dishes, and create a truly unforgettable experience. featuring an open kitchen, which the restaurant regards as an “atelier”, rêver allows guests to witness the creation of ‘art pieces’, with the service team acting as tour guides, sharing the stories behind each mouthwatering masterpiece as well as the story behind the selection and matching of ingredients. guests may even have the opportunity of a chef-led kitchen visit, to exchange their experience of appreciating these works of art. the stories will also be shared on the restaurant’s website and social media platforms as an exchange of ideas with food lovers all around the world.
the small private dining room
the large private dining room
the open kitchen is a ‘museum’ where one can appreciate cuisine as art
the open kitchen and the lighting details
the sofa seating areas alongside the river, with the water-rippled reflective ceiling
the central corridor and the open kitchen
restaurant overview, the art chandelier at the center mimics water drops, responding to the concept of the Pearl River
the arrangement of seating at different levels allows all guests to enjoy a 180-degree view over the river
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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom