|Project Name||Gaga Coast||Posted in||Restaurants, Design, Interior Design||Location||
123 Madang Road
Huang Pu QuShanghai
|Architecture Practice||Linehouse||Area (sqm)||620||Completed||2022|
Unfolding across the three floors of a historic building in Xintiandi, a fashionable pedestrianised neighbourhood in Shanghai, Gaga Coast is the third fine-dining restaurant by Chinese teahouse and casual dining brand Gaga. Shanghai and Hong Kong-based architecture and interior design practice Linehouse drew inspiration from the eatery’s Mediterranean cuisine and grill-based dishes, imbuing the interiors of a traditional house with a rustic charm and vernacular refinement by combining a minimalist design language with the subtle use of natural materials, tactile textures and earthy colours.
The restaurant is takes over a Shikumen house, a 19th century housing typology that combines Western and Chinese elements. Rather than applying a uniform style language to all three floors, the designers have differentiated the material palette in line with the restaurant’s configuration. On the ground floor café and bar, glazed olive green tiling and natural wood joinery and furnishings echo the adjacent outdoor garden which is lined with olive trees.
On the first-floor, the dining area is enveloped in white-washed stonework and light-hued timber panelling against which red-brownish tiles interestingly made from recycled coffee grounds and dark charcoal-coloured stone surfaces delineate the open kitchen and parilla grill. White-washed stone walls are also featured on the top floor, a lofty space dominated by the restored roof structure, in this case juxtaposed with black charred yakisugi wood which is used for the Chef’s table backdrop. Housing a private dining area, the space opens up to a balcony and separate terrace that both overlook the bustling neighbourhood.
From the bar countertop on the ground floor, to the building’s window frames, to the original wooden ceiling trusses on the second floor, wood is a common thread across all three levels, as are the decorative reliefs on the staircase wall, which features sea-inspired motifs like starfishes and anemones, and the sisal rope screens in lieu of balustrades. Further enhancing the sense of a Mediterranean vernacular, the timber-framed rope screens reach all the way to the top of the stairs where they enclose a small wine room which houses a good selection of hearty wines to complement the Mediterranean cuisine.