Vermilion Zhou Design Group chooses rich shades in the renovation of Haidilao restaurant

Shades of blue and green are found throughout this hotpot restaurant in Shenzhen, which has been updated by Chinese studio Vermilion Zhou Design Group.

Haidilaowhich was established in 1994, is the largest hotpot restaurant chain in China with overseas branches in cities such as London, New York and Sydney.

When its location in Shenzhen needed a makeover, Vermilion Zhou Design Group was brought in to spearhead the design.

Sky blue seating is located in the center of the restaurant

From the start, the Shanghai-based studio knew it wanted to avoid the red and black color scheme previously used in Haidilao restaurants.

The square has instead been decorated in shades of blue and green, a nod to the chain’s use of natural, fresh ingredients.

Shenzhen's restaurant Haidilao by Vermilion Zhou Design Group has teal interiors
On the periphery of the floor plan are jade green dining huts

At the heart of the restaurant is a bank of sky blue dining chairs accompanied by tables with speckled terrazzo-style tops.

Ribbons of gleaming brass panels have been suspended from the ceiling overhead, inset with LED boards that project interactive messages to diners.

A large LED screen has also been integrated into Haidilao’s facade; it shows moving silhouettes of various people suggesting the buzzing activity of the restaurant’s interior.

Shenzhen's restaurant Haidilao by Vermilion Zhou Design Group has teal interiors
The tables have terrazzo-style tops

Around the periphery of the main dining room is a sequence of high-backed jade-green booths that form intimate “cabins” where small groups can enjoy their meals.

There are also a number of cozy nooks designed to accommodate solo diners.

Shenzhen's restaurant Haidilao by Vermilion Zhou Design Group has teal interiors
Jade colored fixtures and furniture also appear in the private dining room

At the back of Haidilao there is a drinks counter and a private dining room that can be rented out for special occasions. Tall revolving doors help to close off the room from the rest of the floor plan.

In keeping with the rest of the restaurant, it has jade colored walls and furniture with brass edges.

Shenzhen's restaurant Haidilao by Vermilion Zhou Design Group has teal interiors
In the bathrooms, terrazzo sinks meet ribbed walls

Vermilion Zhou Design Group has created a small manicure bar within the restaurant’s entrance – it’s not only meant to attract more passers-by, but it also gives potential diners a fun way to pass the time while waiting for a table.

The bar has been done red-pink, boldly deviating from the restaurant’s color scheme, and has a scallop wall.

Sharpened surfaces continue in the customer bathrooms, which are finished with elongated mirrors and terrazzo-like sinks.

Shenzhen's restaurant Haidilao by Vermilion Zhou Design Group has teal interiors
A pink nail manicure bar has been created in Haidilao’s entryway

There are a number of visually striking hotpot restaurants throughout China.

Examples include Jin Sheng Long in Qinhuangdao, where diners sit among thick stucco partitions, and Xinhua Nufang in Chengdu, which sits on the edge of a lotus pond.

The photograph is by Vincent Wu.


Project credits:

Creative director: Kuang Ming (Ray) Chou
Concept design: Ting Ho, Ming Shi
Interior design: Garvin Hong, Xudong Wang, Yuqin Chou, Dandan Guo, Jing Wu, Zihao Yao, Yuxuan Li, Changsong Li
Lighting design: Vera Chu, Chia Huang Liao
FF&E design: Ping Xue, Ruiping He
Video: Ming Shi

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