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Michael Liu is a multi-award-winning designer from Hong Kong who designs for Millimeter Interior Design Limited, a design firm that specialises in residential and commercial design.
Castello 4 is a restaurant located in the centre of Hong Kong, that has a luxurious and striking bar and restaurant design that sets itself apart from others. Serving Italian Cousine, Castello 4 has instantly gained a name for itself, becoming the go-to destination when someone is looking for a unique dining experience.
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The angular exposed concrete pillars create a folding symmetrical pattern that stretches the entire length of the space, creating the shape of a vaulted ceiling and allowing sightlines to run unobstructed down the centre of the room towards the central copper bar.
These columns also emphasise the height of the five-meter high ceilings, creating an illusion of a much grander scale. The designer has successfully managed to transform a standard retail unit within an ordinary building into a revolutionary hall, drawing attention from passers-by and impressing visitors upon arrival.
The original finishing and shell of the space have been retained adding to the drama and character of the design. The addition of the cement board pillars and rusty plates create a perfect partnership with the exposed, rough-textured concrete walls, adding to the raw and authentic feel.
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Weathered screens, laser-cut with a geometric triangular pattern have been placed in front of the large windows to allow natural light to pass through space but contain an intimate atmosphere away from the outside world.
The distribution of lighting has been used to highlight features, add defining characteristics and transform the ambience of the room, accentuating natural light during the day whilst setting a softer, sophisticated tone during the evening.
The main bar area acts as the central feature, framed by the rising modern columns and split by seating areas to both sides. It is the small details such as the custom marble dining tables with legs that match the style of the room that add depth and beauty to the design. The open floor plan creates a spacious area for customers to gather and socialise whilst ensuring easy navigation and movement around the bar at busy intervals.
With such a competitive market in restaurant design, it is always refreshing to discover projects such as this that pay strong attention to detail, materials and interaction within a space. In a city famed for impressive restaurants, inquisitive style and luxurious service, Castello 4 rises to the challenge to achieve something new.
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