2021 IID 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner | Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant (Hujialou, Beijing) | IN.X

In this project, the designer Wei Wu magnifies roughness to a great extent. Enveloped by densely arranged black stones, the restaurant frontage is greeting silently to all those who pass by it. The impressive visual impact makes it outstanding whether it’s the rock or the magnificent coast imagined from it.

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Gold🏆 Winner
International Interior Design Awards 2021

Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant (Hujialou, Beijing)
Restaurant Interior Built


Wei Wu

Design Team
Wei Wu, Qifeng Jia, Chenyang Liu, Chenjuan Jia

Beijing, China



The diners need to walk a little west along the narrow road towards Junnan Lane to reach the entrance. Although the original restaurant door is very large, it lacks the fun of looking for the dawn of new hopes, and the southwards opening makes it unobtrusive. Therefore, the designer changed the door head to a narrow door and rotated it southwards to a certain angle, so all the traffic and people entering the alley can be attracted by the door head. The bold use of dark stone makes the regular building structure more powerful. Entering through the narrow door is an expedition away from the city temporarily. The waiting area on the ground floor is featured by a huge “hand-made sculpture”, which is a stairway entirely made on site by randomly spliced wooden slats on the surface, leading to upstairs.

Under the blue-purple light rendering, walking upstairs along the stairway is like traveling through a fascinating passage in fairyland, where the rough and raw nature releases its vitality. The open public seating area is set on the second floor. On the one hand, the regular layout makes the space complete, and on the other hand, there is a sense of bustle through the dense arrangement of dining places. A long and narrow landscape is set in the center of the entire space, where the upper and lower sides are wrapped by the same stones at the entrance, presenting an effect of ink painting with natural changes in saturation.

On the extremely simple and natural palette, the use of artistic techniques, materials, and lighting makes the entire restaurant unique. Traditional terrazzo and bold red color are matched to appropriately embellish the space, and brilliant lights are continued on the second floor. The wine cellar is illuminated, where the sense of clarity makes it particularly charming in the simple space. The light and shadow in the entire space change with the growing plants, and the flowing vitality continues to bring surprises. Traditional materials and even seemingly useless old objects exude sheen after remodeling, emerging from the forgotten corner, appeared to be more attractive than pure contemporary. The new space seems to be the evidence of the simplicity, and their value can be excavated to this point.

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