Vermilion Zhou Design Group Goes for Rich Hues in Haidilao Restaurant Redesign

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Shades of blue and green characterize 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 including London, New York and Sydney.

When its Shenzhen site needed renovation, Vermilion Zhou Design Group was brought in to direct the design.

Sky blue seats sit in the center of the restaurant

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

Instead, the space has been decorated in shades of blue and green that are meant to nod to the chain’s use of natural and fresh ingredients.

Haidilao restaurant in Shenzhen by Vermilion Zhou Design Group features blue-green interiors
At the periphery of the floor plan are jade green dining booths

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

Strips of gleaming brass paneling were suspended from the ceiling, encrusted with LED panels that project interactive messages to diners.

A large LED screen has also been integrated into the facade of Haidilao; it displays moving silhouettes of different people, alluding to the buzzing activity inside the restaurant.

Haidilao restaurant in Shenzhen by Vermilion Zhou Design Group features blue-green interiors
Tables have terrazzo-style countertops

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

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

Haidilao restaurant in Shenzhen by Vermilion Zhou Design Group features blue-green interiors
Jade-colored light fixtures and furniture also appear in the private dining room

Towards the back of Haidilao, there is a drinks counter and a private dining room which can be rented for special occasions. Tall pivot doors help close the space off from the rest of the floor plan.

In keeping with the rest of the restaurant, it features jade-coloured walls and brass-edged furnishings.

Haidilao restaurant in Shenzhen by Vermilion Zhou Design Group features blue-green interiors
In the bathrooms, the terrazzo basins rub shoulders with the scalloped walls

Vermilion Zhou Design Group has created a small manicure bar in the entrance of the restaurant – not only is it meant to attract more passers-by, but it also offers future diners a fun way to kill time while waiting for a table.

The bar has been made dusty pink, a bold departure from the restaurant’s color scheme, and features a wall of scallops.

Scalloped surfaces continue to appear in guest bathrooms, which have been finished with oblong mirrors and terrazzo sinks.

Haidilao restaurant in Shenzhen by Vermilion Zhou Design Group features blue-green interiors
A pink manicure bar was created in the entrance of Haidilao

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

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

The photograph is by Vincent Wu.


Project credits:

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

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