An ode to four iconic Chinese inventions – the letterpress, the compass, paper and gunpowder - The Chinese National is a hip, modern and explorative experience. Working with Swissôtel Jakarta, EDG Design sought to address the age-old struggle between offering guests a variety of unique culinary options, within the spatial and operational constraints of the establishment.
A Transformative Space
The defining feature of The Chinese National is its versatility and flexibility. The logistically necessary transitions between breakfast, daytime and nighttime offerings is distinctly embedded in the entire design process. In the evening, the dining destination functions as a complex of Chinese specialty venues that operate separately and offer markedly different culinary experiences. Each dining destination seeks to redefine an element of regional Chinese cuisine, which is translated into the overall atmosphere and intricate design details.
During the day, the four different spaces come together as one for breakfast, allowing guests to roam between the spaces seamlessly. There are many hidden panels in the space that open and close to allow venues to either connect or disconnect as needed. Ultimately, the design of all venues shares a similar language, but much like the languages of China, each space takes on its own visual dialect.