Bar or Restaurant
Winner: Yuan at Atlantis The Palm
by Steve Leung Designers
Image credits:Chen Zhong
Category sponsored by Future Designs
Yuan is the first fine-dining Chinese restaurant at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. It demonstrates the ethereal beauty of old China and provides a truly elegant and graceful environment for discerning guests to enjoy an authentic Chinese dining experience in the Middle East.
The spacious and magnificent dining hall features ethereal tones of blue and grey, with a row of tables and high-back chairs sitting on a glimmering raised platform. The design has a contemporary touch and a delicate lighting scheme. A dazzling bar located aside has a luminous backdrop of beige onyx stones and a mosaic of mother-of-pearl shells.
The upper dining hall is adorned with Chinese embroidery wall panels, while curved benches with refined cream brocade sit on a soft rug.
Beyond large screen doors lies the panelled private dining room, flanked with koi-patterned glass feature walls and uplifted by an aquamarine carpet.
The judges said:
'A truly impressive project that seamlessly fuses traditional Chinese architectural details with contemporary materials and lighting. A stunning and dramatically lit contemporary evocation of Oriental courtyard space and dining, with a muted yet exotic material richness.'
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