Streetfood made hip at The Noodle Rack in Changsha, China
The noodle soup is the most common street-food in China (slowly taking space across the globe as well), and as such city streets are scattered with low-cost eateries. The team behind a new place in Changsa decided to step up their soup-game and attempted to merge their fast food bistro with an upscale diner. They tasked Shanghai-based Lukstudio to create a space that integrates the process of traditional noodle making for their first outlet on a busy shopping promenade.
They found this symbolic imprint in the object of the noodle rack that serves as the key inspiration for the furnishings and layout, and appears in the form of a rustic steel caging system.
The interior operates with various layers evolving around the steel racks. The walls were stripped down exposing the original structure, resonating well with the rusticity of the steel frames. The racks contain wooden boxes in a shelving-like manner, where select porcelains are on display. Finally, a series of metal wires are draped across the room that serve as the chords for the minimalist, bulby lighting system, recalling noodles hanging on the rack in their shape.
The industrial coldness of steel and concrete in the interior is broken by the use of bamboo for cladding that appears on the exterior as well. The solemn facade is covered with bamboo, and broken by two openings that operate with the steel frames of the interior. The Noodle Rack’s brave step towards contemporary architectural aesthetics leads to a unique fusion of Western and Eastern traditions.
Photos: Lo-Tan Architectural Photography
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