2022 IID 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner – Birch Forest by Kris Lin International Design

The project is located in Xi’an, close to Jinghe Wetland Park in the south.  The large birch forest gives the project unique landscape resources. This mixed multi-function space is divided into two floors, the first floor is cafe,  the second floor as the restaurant and art gallery space.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
International Interior Design Awards 2022

Birch Forest
Restaurant Interior Built

Kris Lin International Design

Kris Lin

Design Team
Kris Lin, Anda Yang

Xi’an, China


©Kris Lin International Design

We wanted to create a mood, a restaurant in the forest. It allows people to take a break from their daily lives and enter a relaxed environment.The whole design takes ” Dear drink at trackless stream” in the poem “a trip to Lushan Mountain” by Mei Yaochen as the design conception, it is a poet of the Northern Song Dynasty. Integrated forest, deer and water those three elements into the design.

Restaurant in the Forest

The grid system of indoor ceiling takes the intertwined canopy in the forest as the intention, abstracts the canopy group images in the forest into a tensile architectural structure, which has become the most expressive image characteristic of this case. The whole indoor space is neatly arranged like an artificial forest in the whole forest.  

Design Challenges

The biggest challenge of this project is the construction of continuous curved surface of ceiling grid. Through the three-dimensional design in the early stage, we selected the aluminum plate for machine cutting in the factory, and finally, went to the construction site for installation and splicing. From the perspective of environmental protection, there is no abandoned building materials and construction wastes at the construction site.


Restaurant often bears the mission of offering a relaxing, sensitive, immersive and intimate environment to let people temporarily get away from the daily routine. This attribute determines that its spatial design shouldn’t be merely restricted to create distinctive experiential consumption scenes for brands, but also needs to convey positive aesthetics and humanistic care to the public and return to the essence of life, especially in the post-pandemic era.