André Fu Studio has completed the design of modern Cantonese concept 5 on 25 on the 25th floor of the Andaz Singapore. The Hong Kong-based practice pays homage to traditional Chinese restaurants and teahouses across a sophisticated environment that evokes romance and nostalgia.
“I remember walking into those spaces and experiencing this sense of stepping back in time. They were always quite cinematic, visually mesmerizing, and theatrical. And that was the memory I tapped into when I conceived 5 on 25,” says studio founder André Fu. “I wanted to create an imagined narrative in which the diner has been invited to dinner at the home of a well-traveled, sophisticated Chinese family.”
The sleek 3,400-square-foot space comprises a 68-seat dining room and a pair of private dining suites overlooking the Singapore sprawl. A rich palette of ruby, dark chocolate, dusty pink, and emerald infuses the restaurant with a refined air, while textured velvet, lacquer, and warm amber hues recall the Old World charm of 1950s Singapore.
Framed by mirror panels, oak wall paneling composes a backdrop for bespoke seating illuminated by modular bronze chandeliers. A glossy lacquered pistachio-hued ceiling panel punctuates the central axis of the interior, detailed with an intricate lattice pattern as well. Plush green sofas are installed before a green onyx back wall in the private rooms, which are lined with hand-tufted carpeting adorned with a pattern that mimics the latticework.
“Chinese restaurants are always tricky to design,” Fu adds. “With 5 on 25, though, I felt I was able to push its personality a bit further with the idea of dining in a private home. That allowed me to elevate the aesthetics without straying too dramatically from the other F&B outlets on the floor. The restaurant’s design completely fits within the Andaz aesthetic and emotional approach to hospitality.”
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