Chengdus leisurely and warm temperament makes it a tourism magnet in Southwest China. And hotpot,
as part of the local cultural characteristics, has become synonymous with Chengdu, which is not only a
food culture, but also a leisure lifestyle. At the end of 2018, MUDA-Architects received a renovation
design commission in Sansheng Township, Chengdu. Sansheng Township is located in Chengdu suburb,
known as "Chengdu green lung", with unique natural conditions and ecological resources. MUDA takes
this opportunity to integrate hotpot culture with natural ecological environment, creating a restaurant that
respects the original ecology and in line with modern consumption style.
Garden Hotpot Restaurant is in the hinterland of Sansheng Township, surrounding a lotus pond, hidden
in a eucalyptus forest. On the premise of paying the greatest respect to the natural environment, MUDA
decides to eliminate the architectural scale, leaving out walls, only using pillars and boards to lightly hide
the building in the woods, letting the building gently integrate with the site and delineating the shape of
lake in a light and peaceful way.
The construction forms along the lake, looking like the steams and smokes from the boiling pots curling
between the pillars and trees. Thin columns are evenly distributed on both sides, and the free curve of the
roof forms several transparent viewing frames, so that different views can be appreciated during the whole
process of walking. The bottom platform is consistent with the curve of the roof, and the same method is
used in the design to echo each other, demonstrating the consistency and integrity of the whole space.
In total, the building has a circumference of 290 meters, with the height of 3 meters, and the width varies
with the natural environment. The platform is made of anti-corrosive wood, and the roof is made of
galvanized steel sheet, coated with white fluorocarbon paint, which complements the surrounding lush
environment. A series of steel columns with a diameter of 88 mm is used as the supporting structure, and
it blends into the straight trunks of eucalyptus trees and disappears into nature. The curved wooden railing
by the lakeside is built for customers to enjoy the views, and blur the boundary of the lake, which brings
people closer to nature.
The natural environment of the site is beautiful but complex. Tens of eucalyptus trees must be preserved,
and the terrain is tortuous with a maximum drop of nearly 2 meters. In order to respect the natural
environment and minimize human intervention in this natural site, MUDA conducted manual mapping and
recorded of the site in person, and the building was designed according to the location of eucalyptus trees
and lake. Moreover, the free curve of the roof is designed according to the site characteristics and function.
At the same time, it is also an experiment for MUDA in small scale and low cost architecture. The
construction team, local migrant workers, have no professional knowledge and tools. In order to
ensure the quality, architects simplified complex structural nodes and made strategic adjustments
in a way that workers could understand. The whole building applied steel structure welding technology,
which greatly shortens the construction period and reduces the cost.
The first phase completed in April is open to the public, which is highly integrated with the nature. The
building is light and transparent. Users sit around the lake, and the landscape spray permeates the whole
space, starting a romantic and wonderful ecological hotpot tour.
Project location: Chengdu, China
Project type: Architectural design
Design area: 1800 square meters
Design time: 2018-2019
Chief Architect: Yun Lu
Design Team: Yun Lu, Jiandan Xu, Qiming Sun, Xue Chen, Yixiu He, Xiaoqiao Liu,
Dian Rong, Shangyun Zhou
Construction supervision unit: Chufeng Architectural Decoration Design Co.,Ltd
Construction supervision team: Xianyong Wu, Fei Jiang, Wenjie Tang, Songlin Li
Construction Team: Hao Chen, Chuangui Zhou, etc.
Materials: Galvanized Steel sheet, Fluorocarbon paint, Wood plank
Photography: Arch-Exist, MUDA-Architects