CHARCOHOL

When Time Axis & Temperature Axis Crosses

Charcohol is located in a heritage building in Fengsheng Li in the center of Shanghai.  STUDIO8 was commissioned to design the visual identity, architecture re-use, interior, landscape and soft decoration design for this restaurant and cocktail bar, specializing in charcoal grilled global cuisine and craft cocktails.  

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When Chef Mandela Zhu first met Shirley and Andrea, he told them the food and drinks of his new bar are mostly inspired by forest and fire.  Miracle chemistry of taste happens when carefully selected simple ingredients are cooked with the right temperature and right time.  This is why Shirley and Andrea have named the restaurant CHARCOHOL, a combination of charcoal and alcohol, which is also the concept of CHARCOHOL’s logo.
Studio8 was commissioned to create a space, which reflects chef’s vision and eventually goes beyond it. Inspired by the charcoals as main source of creating food, the design unfolds around an axis of time, crossed by a temperature axis.
From west to east, stretching across the main entrance and the following three dining halls, conceptualizes the transformation of wood to charcoal up to ash. The notion of the dining concept is summed up at the small portico at the entrance, where a half-burnt wooden column, hanging from the ceiling and ending in a lava stone block on the floor, welcomes the guests.
Consequently, the first hall implements wood floor and preserves untouched the original walls of the building, while the main hall is converted totally to black, followed by the last one with white-grey plastered walls and the ash in glass box at the end of the space showing partially once again the original brick wall. In the orthogonal direction one can observe the temperature axis, spanning from the kitchen up to the fireplace and projected on the ground through reddish tiles.
In line with the concept, each dining hall obtain its own ambience with partially custom-made furniture, light and installation. The wooden hall opens towards the main plaza of Fengsheng Li,  where sun light shades through the trees on the brick wall.  In the center of Charcohol is located the main black hall, which has the highest level of intimacy and coziness.  The rough texture of the black wall and floor changes with light during the day.  At the cross section of time and temperature axises, above the bar, a giant installation of fan palm leaves arranged by STUDIO8 is hanged underneath the reflective stainless steel dome, celebrating the banquet of food and drink.  Along the time axis in the ash area, another installation of banana leaves and eucalyptus seeds is hanged like a bouquet chandelier, representing renewal from ash.

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当时间与温度交织于空间
巧客餐厅与鸡尾酒吧设计
CHARCOHOL位于上海市静安区丰盛里的一栋老建筑中,是一家重点打造特色炭烤美食和手工创意鸡尾酒的鸡尾酒餐吧。八荒设计负责了CHARCOHOL从品牌视觉识别系统、建筑改造、到室内、景观及软装的整体设计。
在世界各地的高端餐饮界,美食的创造总是从一个鲜明的概念开始,通过对食材的精心挑选、对烹饪方式的巧妙设计、对火候的精准把握,以及呈现细节的完美拿捏,最后形成一种独一无二的美食体验。这一点,餐饮和设计,不乏相似之处。在八荒设计的所承接的所有餐饮空间项目中,他们总是受到主厨烹饪理念的启发,把美食的概念作为空间设计的灵感。这一次,当主厨料理小熊找到ShirleyAndrea的时候,小熊告诉他们自己的灵感来自于森林和火,他说简单优质的食材在对的时间和温度的作用下,就能成为最精彩的美食。这也是为什么ShirleyAndrea提出将餐厅命名为CHARCOHOL“CHAR”来自于碳CHARCOAL“COHOL”来自于酒精ALCOHOL,意味碳和酒精的结合。这也是CHARCOHOL餐吧logo的概念——一段盛着酒精的碳。
理解了主厨的烹饪概念后,八荒提炼了两个重要元素作为空间设计的概念:时间与温度。整个空间由西向东,从玄关、玄廊,至主厅、后室,顺着木炭燃烧的时间轴展开。在空间的中心位置与南北方向的温度(火)轴交叉。
由西至东,穿过主入口玄关,玄关以后的餐吧空间被分为三个区域,以时间轴为逻辑,描述从燃烧至,最后变为灰烬的过程。木灰烬的概念在主入口玄关浓缩体现为一根从天花悬落至半空的木桩,从天花起,由木逐渐燃烧至木炭,直至地面火山岩制成的黑色底座,作为迎客台。
绕过迎客图腾来到第一个餐吧空间玄廊,木地板和穿插的绿色家具代表了的森林概念,八荒设计保留了原建筑门廊立面的砖墙。然后来到主厅,这里是燃烧至的空间,因此所有地面和墙面都转变成炭黑色。穿过主厅来到后室,灰烬的空间为灰白色,透过靠近尽头的墙边的灰,再次隐约可见原建筑砖墙。餐吧中间的南北方向,温度轴连接厨房、吧台,由代表火的红色地砖连接餐饮空间西墙的壁炉。
为了加强每一个用餐区域的概念,八荒利用灯光、道具和装置,精心打造每个区域的氛围。玄廊面对丰盛里广场,阳关透过植物,在原建筑砖墙上洒下树影婆娑。主厅的墙面和地面虽是黑色,但都有随着光影变化的粗糙肌理,在吧台正中,时间轴与温度轴交叉的位置,八荒设计亲手制作了预示着餐饮盛宴的大型蒲葵装置,再由天花的镜面穹顶反射延伸,仿佛悬挂与天空。与之呼应的灰烬后室中心的小镜面穹顶下则悬挂了预示重生的芭蕉叶和尤加利果装置。
虑到Charcohol项目所在的建筑的历史性,八荒希望最大程度的尊重和保留原建筑,因此在把原半室外的玄关及门廊空间改为室内用餐空间的建筑改造过程中,为了不破坏原建筑立面的装饰,八荒设计了与整个建筑立面完全分离的独立钢结构、玻璃系统,配合巧妙的灯光点缀,不但不触碰原建筑立面,还从门廊内侧向博物馆一样着重勾勒突出建筑的美。
八荒设计还设计了Charcohol的室外花园,作为温度轴的延伸,延续后室的材质。花园的中心是一个烧烤私宴功能的玻璃耐候钢板的阳光房。阳光房的花园里种有各种烹饪用的香草及花果,人们可以在这里享受阳光、咖啡,和休闲炭烤的美味。