Hong Kong design practice Panorama brings the essence of Hangzhou to a new restaurant in Shenzhen, creating a lively dining experience
Serving modern Hangzhou cuisine, QTC (Qian Tang Chao) gets its name from the acronym of the famous tidal bore of China’s Qiantang River, one of the most famous tourist attractions of the Hangzhou area. Naturally, Hangzhou has also served as inspiration for the restaurant’s decor, as Hong Kong-based practice Panorama turned to the scenery of the West Lake – another renowned site in the area – to create an subtle interior scheme with a contemporary touch.
Inspired by the butterfly-shaped logo of the restaurant, Panorama decided to turn the space into a ‘butterfly garden’ reflecting the aesthetics and elegance of the West Lake. “QTC aims to move the traditional Chinese dining experience to a new level of trendiness,” says Horace Pan, founder of Panorama.
However, before Pan set out to realise the concept, a spatial challenge had to be overcome– perched on the top floor of a shopping mall, the restaurant had a triangular-shaped layout, which rendered any standardised restaurant arrangement unfit.
In response, the firm devised three open dining areas with distinct arrangements, which offer booth or bench seating that can comfortably cater the needs of different customers, ranging from a couple to a party of 12. The restaurant also has three private dining rooms.