Slatted Timber Boxes Contain Dining Areas Inside Fanbo Zeng’s Fun Noodle Bar

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Wooden boxes surrounding the tables of this noodle bar in the Chinese city of Shenzhen frame views of the city skyline, which is visible via a full-height glazed wall.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

The interior of the Fun noodle bar was made by architect Fanbo Zeng to make the most of its elevated location, from which it seems to be out across the Xiangmi Lake Park and towards the city.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

To take full advantage of the magnificent vista, the restaurant is divided into an indoor bar area and an outside terrace featuring a glass balustrade that ensures views are retained from each spaces.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

The layout of the internal dining space is meant to emphasise the target on the views by incorporating a series of eight timber volumes that perform as framing products.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

The slatted structures are based on the cabanas usually found alongside swimming pools or in gardens that provide a shaded outside area for soothing.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

“The terrace bar can be read as an extension of nature which is captured by the notion of cabanas – eight wood boxes in the indoor dining spot,” explained Zeng. “These wood boxes strengthen the view-framing idea and define the edge of public and personal.”


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Each and every of the boxes comprises 5 freestanding steel frames, which are wrapped in oak and embedded in the concrete slab below the wooden floor.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

The structures enclose semi-personal dining spaces that sit on raised plinths, each and every of which accommodates two pairs of tables that can be rearranged as necessary.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

4 plinths are positioned around the outer edges of the space, producing a junction at the centre that offers the primary route for circulation. A more row of tables extends along the area amongst the plinths.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

The arrangement of the 5 vertical lines surrounding the plinths is replicated in a floor-to-ceiling display that separates the primary dining area from the kitchen, which incorporates a bar with further seating.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

Furnishings throughout the area continues the geometric design language and use of wood. The tables and chairs feature cubic forms with the box joints holding them together left exposed to include a linear detail.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

“The monolithic design of the area exhibits the identical principle as the basic and sophisticated cuisine style of the Fun noodle bar, as nicely as respect to its exclusive see,” additional Zeng.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

The ceiling and walls are completed in concrete to give a neutral backdrop with a raw texture that complements the grain of the wooden flooring and joinery.

Fun Noodle Bar by Fanbo Zeng

Other noodle bars featured on Dezeen contain 1 shaped like an igloo near Mount Fuji in Japan and an additional in Warsaw, Poland, that was designed with a wooden canopy sprawling across its ceiling.

Photography is by Chao Zhang and Yishan Lin.

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