Introduction Burnt Charcoal, a Korean barbecue restaurant located in a thriving area of Taipei. Design group intended to develop this project as a restaurant with rich experience of senses. Concept The conceptual elements denote the theme, aesthetics, functions and sentiments; the form leads users to experience with the space in both physical and mental ways. This project was based on the transformation of charcoal; therefore, the project was named Burnt Charcoal. ‧Foyer: Demonstrating a natural environment indicating where timber grows. ‧Dining Area: Presenting images of trees related to flaming charcoals. ‧Exterior and Restroom: Symbolizing charcoal textures. Approach Sense of sight dictates physical movements in the space. Seeing things before action; actions define the routes in the space. Therefore, sight and routes are essential while developing this project. The combinations of these two elements generate circulation in the space. The space between ceiling and human body, red lighting visuals setting the tone as burning flames were interlaced as pile of timbers. While elements were interacting, transforming, replicating and extending in the space, they generate rhythms and become vivid and theatrical by the light effects. Interpreting the materials into a conceptual idea by coordinating practical functions and aesthetics in a space is the most essential procedure in this project. In Burnt Charcoal, designers observed human behaviors before deciding the approach and conduct of the interior design, also defining the connections among people and space. Sensations Spatial experiences are accumulated by receiving and expressing information with our senses. In this project, Burnt Charcoal visitors’ senses will be pleased visually by the colorful lighting, the water flow fulfilling hearing, and the sense of touch would be satisfied by textures of materials in its’ surroundings. A restaurant is a composition of senses presented in delicate ways.
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