Ambient Lighting

The Feast in the Sea of Clouds

  • Company
    Gradient Lighting Design
  • Lead Designer
    Chenlu Zhang
  • Other Credit
    Architect: Ziyu Zhuang
  • Other Designer(s)
    Minjie Cai
  • Categories
    Winner in Ambient Lighting
  • Location
    Xi'an, China

This restaurant is located at the top floor of the highest building in Xi’an, the capital of thirteen dynasties in ancient China. A series of abstract “light installations” related to the traditional Chinese planning of space are incorporated into the circular spatial experience sequence. “A floating cloud is what you want to be like, the setting sun how your old friend feels”. At dusk, the skylight shines from the clouds, as if the flowing light on top of the open dining area scattering over the “islands” horizontally. The booths in the bar are stacked and elevated, passing through the 40-meter-long No. 1 bar in Asia to allow visitors to have a bird’s eye view of the city. The space with a high ceiling, the extended bar, independent long table, and complete sofa area correspond to the corners of the entrance, making it the most important “Party Room” in the city. The largest booth has a 20-person capacity, containing a sofa area for conference function and a dining table set; the axial pattern extends outwards from the city’s skyline, and the large chandeliers formed from circles of curtains look like palace lanterns, mandala, or cloud top outside the window.