When Chinese design studio Wutopia Lab was commissioned to renovate part of a club house into a restaurant for kids, they made it their main goal to create a child’s Neverland in a space smaller than 1,000 square metres.
Wutopia Lab combined carbonate polymer material with various light forms to create the experience of losing perception and sense of size and texture. Bubbles that are colourless and transparent refract the rainbow: they are fleeting and unpredictable, but children love them. The restaurant resembles a child’s polycarbonate Neverland.
The designers created an experimental translucent façade by wrapping polycarbonate panels across the original facade, mixing villa styles with those of contemporary art-deco. Vertical greening and large staircases were also placed between the old and new façades.
Wutopia Lab also reorganised the space’s functioning and streamline. One steps directly from the external staircase into the light forest on the second floor. Under the soft lighting of the ceiling, a matte PVC pipe encloses a circular dining hall and two private dining rooms, that are surrounded by polycarbonate panels. Circular, diffuse lighting and white tones make you lose sense of the space’s scale and direction.
The ground floor and its starry ceiling are entered along the grand staircase. Under the starry sky ceiling, a playground for kids has been created using giant and hollow PVC domes, glass-fibre cloth, artificial stone and floor glue. A magic mirror borders of the game space: Wutopia Lab tries to distort the realism of the place, as if time is not passing.
Architects | Wutopia Lab, Beijing, China
Location | Hebei Sheng, China
Technical info | PVC pipe, inflatable transparent PVC
Picture credits | CreatAR Images