André Fu, awarded Designer of the Year at Maison & Objet Asia 2016, has just launched one of his creations, the Yu Cun restaurant, in the heart of China’s Haitang Bay. Featuring his trademark relaxed luxury style; Yu Cun cleverly re-invents the spirit of a rustic water village, taking guests on a unique journey through the floating homes of the local Dan community.
Nestled in China’s tropical Haitang Bay at the new Grand Hyatt Resort, Yu Cun is internationally renowned architect André Fu’s latest creation. Basking in the reflection of the Hainan resort’s extensive lagoon, it has been created as an informal yet refined dining environment. A two-storey space, the restaurant features three intimate dining rooms and eight stand-alone private pavilions. André Fu has created an exceptional restaurant that is ethnic in spirit, yet contemporary in experience, and has been wonderfully inspired by the traditions of the local fishing villages.
A pioneer in design and innovation, Fu has created beautiful spaces for some of the most recognisable names in hospitality and retail over the past 16 years including the Four Seasons, the Shangri La, and the Upper House.
“I wanted to re-invent the spirit of an authentic Water Village at Yu Cun, and it has been an exciting challenge to create an authentically intimate Chinese dining experience within the landscape of an incredible, plush lagoon. We have designed a destination where diners will be able to enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine whilst being emotionally transported to a bountiful fishing village set on the edge of a tropical rainforest.” André Fu.
His Hong Kong based design team, AFSO, designed Yu Cun to take guests on a unique journey through the floating homes of the local Dan minority. Theatrical styling draws diners across a sequence of slate paved wooden bridges and winding paths to encounter the main dining pavilion where a vast interlocking timber scaffold installation is situated, spiritually akin to the bamboo structures of traditional fishing huts.
Fu’s trademark aesthetic of relaxed luxury is depicted though the clever use of distinct textures within the dining spaces. A palette of earthy oranges, plum aubergine and sand has been used throughout to great effect. An array of bespoke pendants woven entirely of authentic straw threads, as well as feature backdrops composed with a collage of Chinese cabinets have also been layered into the visual journey. A rustic palette of natural cleft beige marble blocks and smoked oak are Fu’s material mainstays.
The journey continues through pavilions which feature bronzed bamboo, bespoke rock glass lighting pendants and woven-rattan panels. Fu has succeeded in evoking the impression of visiting a Dan family for dinner, enjoying the fresh catch of the day with tranquil views of the resort as a backdrop. The restaurant’s cuisine reflects this desire for authenticity offering local cuisine that includes the finest seafood, classic Shanghai appetizers and Cantonese, Dongbei and Sichaun main dishes.