The traditional Chinese street food baozi—a steamed bun typically filled with pork—is getting a modern makeover with a stylish eatery design to match. Chinese architecture firm Linehouse created a chic Shanghai restaurant design for 甘其食BAOBAO, a quickly growing chain that sells handcrafted delicious baozi made from high quality ingredients. To match the brand’s dedication to transparency, the modern eatery is housed within a greenhouse-like building filled with plants and full-height glazing.
Located on the Tongji University campus, the chic 甘其食BAOBAO restaurant places the open kitchen within a greenhouse-like structure, giving patrons a full view of the baozi-making process through glazed windows. The 62-square-meter space is filled with natural light and brings the campus’ leafy surroundings indoors through full-height windows and the addition of indoor plants and green tiles. Hanging bulb lights illuminate the interior and complement the minimalist vibe of the timber house-like frameworks.
The combination of timber elements and greenery gives the interior a fresh and nature-infused character. Seating is also extended to the outdoors with a patio lined with bluestone cobbles and shielded with angled solar shades decorated with 甘其食BAOBAO graphics. “Linehouse created a spatial narrative that married with the brand’s ethos: from garden to plate, using the freshest vegetables in handcrafted baozi,” write the designers. “In doing so they played with the concept of inserting a glass greenhouse building for the exhibition and growth of plants.”
Images via Linehouse © Dirk Weiblen