A restaurant inspired by it’s hot springs surroundings opens in Chaohu

Located in Chaohu, a popular destination for tourists in Eastern China, the restaurant is part of the Bantang Hot Springs, which became the inspiration for the design. The space has been set out to translate the surrounding waters into a dynamic space for diners to experience when visiting the springs.


Entrance into the space is on the upper level, leading to two paths that meet in the restaurant. There’s a direct path down a wide staircase and a slower one leads visitors by a lounge that offers dynamic views of the restaurant from above.


A massive arched window wall on the front highlights views of the outside, keeping diner’s feeling they are amongst nature. The natural environment doesn’t stop on the exterior as the designers have incorporated various types of biophilic design, including the green plants seen throughout.


For those with limited time, a coffee bar resides in the middle of the space, operated only by a small robot.


Walls, ceilings, and pathways mimic the fluidity of the flowing water. Paired with the white surfaces are green plants of all sizes and species. The floor displays a bicolor texture of earth tones that denote the walkways and seating areas.

Source | Design Milk


Jenny Hillier

10th November 2022