It’s bold and beautiful, contemporary and sustainable. Studio Adjective has created a food hall that we all want to visit – if only to enjoy the fine interior that creates the umami design effect.
5 July, 2022
Raising the bar on food hall design, Studio Adjective has conceived an interior that is not only beautiful, contemporary and nuanced but sustainable as well. The project, KIN Food Halls, is located in Taikoo Place within the commercial district of Quarry Bay, Hong Kong and has been created to service the local population of the busy business district.
The spatial floorplan of 18,000 square feet has been utilised to perfection. Areas are demarcated and delineated to provide more intimate or larger spaces. However there is connectivity within through materials and colour palette.
Patrons access the halls through a branded entrance that is marked by a noren-inspired curved metal mesh that has then been fastened to a wooden lattice to reflect the construction scaffolding of Hong Kong. The motif of scaffolding or the grid has also been translated to graphic elements such as the pattern of the marmoleum floor as well as screening that provides privacy throughout the area.
Timber has been used extensively and becomes a textural touchpoint to the design. Wood-clad ceilings present the space more as pavilions and window-side platform seats evoke the idea of tatami floor seating.
The design supports a variety of spaces that include a ghost kitchen, show kitchens, a bar, four food pickup points and multiple seating zones that can be re-configured into event and meeting spaces.
Along with an excellent food offering and unique interior design, it is the sustainability elements of the project that mark this as exemplary. Twenty-five per cent of all materials used in furniture are eco-friendly, recycled or recyclable. This also includes the ceiling’s acoustic spray coating, the marmoleum floor and mild steel fixtures.
Custom furniture designed by Studio Adjective include lampshades fashioned from the leaf discards of Longjjing tea and shaped as a tea picker’s hat, table tops made from food residue products and bench tops from recycled circuit boards. A feature of the interior are the two table tennis tables made from reclaimed timber that also double as communal tables.
“We wanted to bring together ideas of sustainability and fine craftsmanship in the custom furniture—so visitors can appreciate sustainable materials in crafted forms,” says Wilson Lee, co-founder and design director of Studio Adjective.
Studio Adjective was established by Emily Ho and Wilson Lee and is a multi-disciplinarian design agency located in Hong Kong. The practice creates design that is unique and focuses on connection to people, community and the city and this has been fully realised with KIN Food Halls.
With a refined and stylish aesthetic, KIN Food Halls is not only a fine addition to its surrounds, the thought behind the design is supporting the environment and making a sustainable and delightfully tasty difference.
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