Hou De Sousa

Happy Panda II Restaurant / Hou de Sousa

Curated by Paula Pintos
RESTAURANT, LIGHTING, RESTAURANT & BAR INTERIORS • QUITO, ECUADOR
Architects : Hou de Sousa
Area : 315 m²
Year : 2020
Photographs : Bicubiks

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Textual content description offered by the architects. Glad Panda II is a Chinese language restaurant positioned within the Cumbaya neighborhood of Quito, Ecuador. The undertaking notably incorporates a cover of colourful lantern-like chandeliers composed of paracord and painted metal tubes. That is the second fee Hou de Sousa has constructed for the Glad Panda Restaurant Group (the primary of which was accomplished in 2013).

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The important thing targets have been to shortly construct a snug and ethereal eating area that took full benefit of the double-height ceiling. Sales space seating was prioritized and the design sought to hybridize the qualities of conventional American diners and informal Chinese language eating places. Distinct practical components have been embedded into the big triangular islands together with built-in sales space seating for diners in addition to a full-service bar and cashier area. The volumes have been additional chiseled to account for circulation flows and a personal eating space.

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On a basic stage, the undertaking consists of easy geometric types and areas, starting from prisms and cuboids to cylinders and truncated cones. The footprint of the present web site is triangular whereas a squarish mezzanine was transformed into the restaurant’s kitchen and surrounded with scalloped soffits and a brand new drop ceiling. The bottom of the chandeliers aligns with the mezzanine, successfully marking a steady ceiling datum, whereas a second horizon is established by the triangular island counter tops.

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Easy industrial supplies have been used all through the undertaking. Painted corrugated metal wraps across the cubicles and mezzanine partitions whereas a serial assortment of plywood panels outlines the perimeter of the area. The shopper’s current assortment of chairs and wooden tables that includes stainless-steel legs have been re-used, whereas white washed oak flooring and quartz counter tops have been newly put in.