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Rachel’s Burger – Shanghai, China, Designed by Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu – 2015

The bold pattern of #checkerboard #tiles echoes to make this Shanghai restaurant feel like a retro American diner, Chinese studio Neri&Hu added bold tiles and an angular roof that overhangs a foldable glazed facade.
Located in the former French Concession, Rachel’s Burger restaurant was envisaged as “a porous space” that can be completely opened up onto Wukang Road.
Taking the Modernist shapes of 1950s diner restaurants as a reference, Neri&Hu introduced a chunky roof that projects over the glazed exterior walls that can be completely folded away.
Neri&Hu introduced a chunky roof that projects over the glazed exterior walls that can be completely folded away. The interior of the restaurant is also visually extended by a series of mirrored panels that reflect views from outside.
“When fully closed, a clever combination of clear and textured glass along with mirrors are used to great effect to visually extend the boundaries of the space while bringing light, views and street-scape deep into the interior,” said the architects.
During the day, glass panels in the roof allow natural light to flood the space. At night, the restaurant is illuminated by custom-made glass pendants hanging over the dining tables. Hand-painted concrete tiles are used throughout the restaurant, extending up from the floor to cover the sides of podiums that support tabletops.