Since the start of romanticism in the 18th century, writers and thinkers have advocated for the concept of poetic dwelling. It requires people to resist the alienated, fragmented, and stereotypic lifestyle brought about by technology. In addition to enjoying the convenient amenities and modern infrastructure, the residents and visitors of city want to dwell with poetry. They want to feel nourished and inspired by the city’s artistic and cultural spaces—this has become the design philosophy of Pritzker Prize–winning architect Jean Nouvel, designer of the Pudong Art Museum.
In interpreting the space, Jean Nouvel proposed the concept of "Based on an urban domain, a medium and screens". Based on this, ROOF P.M.’s design team developed their imagination for the restaurant. P is short for the Chinese character (pronounced pu), meaning a raw rock harboring jade. The word also describes a piece of jade in its natural form, unpolished and rough. The ruggedness blends well with the light tones of the main building. ROOF P.M. is the jade hidden inside the rock and serves as an anchor to this domain of art.
The restaurant is located inside the white rock. The rough exterior and the airy interior define ROOF P.M.’s overall ambiance. Rock, stone, and earth give birth to all creatures. On the one hand, it consolidated the fantastic energy that is the source of life. On the other hand, it becomes a footnote of the restaurant’s return to nature, return to the wilderness philosophy. Inspired by amber, the designer is trying to organically combine time and rock. The use of transparent orange-tint glasses and furniture have become the highlight of the interior space, against the white undertone.
The interior lighting by OUI adds a touch of brilliance to nights on the Pudong Riverside, echoing the Bund across the river. To achieve a multi-layered effect in the restaurant, OUI employed its all-new i3 series, TUBE series, and U3 series. Considering the reflections on the expansive glass curtain walls, OUI deliberately dialed down the brightness of the interior lights to enhance the atmospheric dining experience. Looking out from the restaurant, Puxi looks like a ball of lights suspended on the river, while Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai, circles around Puxi and continues toward the sea.
When you step out of the domain and look at it from the Bund on the other side of the river or take an aerial view of the museum, you will finally get to see and understand the Pudong Art Museum as a domain. Light, modest, calm, it blends in with the vast land surrounding it. As opposed to an independent building, the museum becomes a natural continuation of the collocation of the land, scenery and space sketches, naturally coherent together.
"We are living in an eerie age where there is no shortage of iconic buildings in cities. They are often captured on camera and printed on postcards, which certainly has its own place." Jean Nouvel once said, "But I try to create an issue in the city—art is an eternal issue, an issue to be explored in the here and now."
Pay attention to the use of space, be proficient in lighting to create an indoor atmosphere, and integrate modern techniques and fitting elements into each design space.