BEIJING – Dedicated to noodles, a Beijing eatery by Lukstudio offers a layering of dining zones with diverse environments framed by drying racks for the menu's main ingredient.

Perimeter partitions and canopies of criss-crossed steel enwrap three dining areas conceived to suit the various diners whom pass through the restaurant's rusted steel and copper plate door. An exposed cement wall and wooden tables to unify the interior, the scheme adapts its details to accommodate either speedy or leisurely eaters.

Filled with three rows of elongated tables, the first 'rack' offers workers the efficiency of a canteen. Just beyond a grid of rusted steel, the second section slows down the dining experience, inviting guests to savour meals amid booth-style tables and Asian decor. 

Out of view concealed by an ethereal haze of silvery strands, the third section is reserved for the crème of the crop, offering intimate parties the star treatment.

A chandelier of draped 'noodles' invites diners to ascend a staircase towards a secluded tables. Situated at the pinnacle of a double-height atrium, a private platform hosts tables shrouded with a screen formed with the pendant's steel wires.

See more work by Lukstudio in our interview with founder Christina Luk in the new issue Frame 110, available in the Frame store.

Client: Longxiaobao Restaurant
Location: Shop 1-122, Sanlitun SOHO, Beijing
Net area: 200sq-m
Design company: Lukstudio
Design director: Christina Luk
Project team: Cai Jin Hong, Shanyun Huang, Leo Wang, Yiye Lim, Alba Beroiz Blazquez, Marcello Chiado Rana, Pao Yee Lim.
Scope: interior design, custom furniture & lighting design
Design: Dec 2015 – Jan 2016
Construction: Jan – Mar 2016
General contractor: Shanghai MaiChang Construction Project Co., Ltd.

Photos Dirk Weiblen