Cité Impériale Ye
Construction of a restaurant and hotel
The Cité Impériale has been rebuilt by ALTIPLAN° following a fire that destroyed the old building.
Intended to re-establish the venue’s place in the local gastronomic scene, the project consists of a 250-seat self-service restaurant, a 100-seat waiter restaurant and an 8-room hotel.
Designed in an industrial manner to keep operating costs down, the project explores the concept of a Chinese restaurant through renewed visual codes. A major part is made over to allusive rather than literal elements: the central display features more than 200 plates and dishes in Chinese porcelain, large mural photos suggest rural or urban Chinese settings, another wall has a collection of handwritten calligraphy. Each room has its own layout and is decorated to reflect one of the major regions of China via photos and colour schemes.
Sitting squarely on the site, the project involves a series of buildings, each lower than its neighbour, creating a succession of patios facing south and the neighbouring lake. The mission entrusted to ALTIPLAN° covered the inside and outside architecture, the furnishing and the decorations.