"The restaurant becomes a hidden gem that needs to be explored, each carefully crafted space becomes part of the whole gastronomic experience. In the same essence of fine dining, as you move from one course to another cleaning your palette in between to prepare for the next course."
The rebranded identity for Fleur de Sel is based on creating a dining exploration from fresh and carefully selected ingredients and composing them into a visual and gastronomic journey. Capturing the essence of the chef's manifesto for the renowned restaurant, the design concept is curated to enhance the spatial experience of the diner, creating a 300sm architectural hidden gem in the surrounding newly built development of XiTun District.
Throughout the project, the design is centered around a series of transition spaces seen as filters that are pure in materiality and color, juxtaposing with the elaborately designed dining spaces. The intimate low lounge is covered in vibrant colors and materials, contrasting with the adjacent dramatic formal dining room. The fine-dining environment is defined by a sloped double-height space with a convex ceiling, while each vertical surface is richly defined by custom designed finishes to provide a backdrop for each dish presented by the chef. The lounge and the fine-dining room are tied together by the back arm, which opens to bring in natural light creating an intimate secret garden.
- Project Name: Fleur de Sel Restaurant
- Location: Taichung, Taiwan
- Site Area: 574 m2
- Project Area: 294 m2
- Program: Restaurant
- Scope: Architecture & Interior Architecture
- Status: Completion 2018
- Project Team: Erik Amir (Partner), Dora Chi (Partner), Jason Loo (Project Architect), Susan Wong, Tung Chui
- Photography: Shawn Liu Studio