East meets West in stunning Fairmont Chengdu restaurant

by | 13 Dec 2019 | Design

A peek inside the beautiful Chang Yi restaurant at Fairmont Chengdu. (Photo: LW Design)

Representing LW Design at Creative Spark at TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR Shanghai, A. Battisby presents the vision for Fairmont Chengdu’s restaurant Chang Yi.

The team behind the Chang Yi restaurant at Fairmont Chengdu were in attendance at TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR Shanghai to present their designs as finalists of the Creative Spark hotel design competition.

The latest instalment of the now legendary TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR day-long networking conference took place on December 5th in the Andaz Shanghai Xintiandi.

LW Design’s Chang Yi restaurant project

The Chang Yi at Fairmont Chengdu is a contemporary Chinese restaurant inside the Fairmont property in Chengdu. It was presented by Adrian Battisby, Founder & Creative Director of LW Design, who is based out of Hong Kong.

Battisby is an expert in hospitality restaurant design and was the creative mind behind the Chang Yi eatery in Fairmont Chengdu. Chang Yi was conceived of as a modern destination restaurant where East meets West to form a contemporary dining experience that draws on both the art world and the landscapes of Sichuan in its execution.

“Our brief was to appeal to Gen Z — the 20-somethings who in China represent 30% of the society’s spending power,” Battisby told delegates during his presentation at TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR Shanghai.

“Our goal was to create East-meets-West contemporary glamour. We were inspired by Chengdu’s landscape which itself has beautiful contrasts such as bamboo forests and winter frost,” he added.

As soon as guests arrive in the restaurant space, they are greeted by an extensive wrap-around wine wall display, which leads them through a corridor into the restaurant. One of the highlights of the restaurant is the fact that it promotes wine pairing with food. The wine tasting bar is catered to China’s growing taste for wine.

There are three dining areas to choose from depending on the guests’ preferences – the main indoor dining area, private dining rooms that accommodate small to large groups, or the outdoor terrace.

“We used bamboo as a screen element which helped us have an uplight or downlight ambience as desired,” Battisby said.

Focus on wine and fine dining at Chang Yi

Guests will dine in elegant surroundings and the specially curated art collection that hangs on the walls showcases local talent that complements the menu, put together by executive chef Li Tofin to bring diners on a journey through Sichuan by highlighting local ingredients.

The furniture and lighting design chosen by LW all serve to create an immersive dining experience that guests will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the area.

Creative Spark is a hotel design competition that includes three architects/interior designers, and it’s a staple of TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR programming. Shortlisted finalists present their projects, and further discuss their work as part of a stimulating panel discussion, giving valuable insights to the assembled guests about the state of hospitality architecture and design.

For information on how to enter the Creative Spark competition or about upcoming TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR events, get in touch with TOPHOTELPROJECTS Head of Global Events & Conferences Kayley van der Velde.

(Photos: LW Design)



Fairmont Hotels & Resorts enjoys a worldwide reputation for accommodation excellence, with a global portfolio that includes historic icons, elegant resorts and modern city centre properties.


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