After a few days visiting the Chinatowns of San Francisco and Vancouver, the architect designer team Guillaume Ménard and David Dworkind (MRDK) developed a clear design intention for the Miss Wong restaurant in Laval. They were inspired by the vibrant neon signage, the classic folding scissor gates, and the hanging lanterns, all of which created a bright and exciting atmosphere.
The user enters the restaurant under a low ceiling and passes through a vintage Chinese arch framing a portrait of Miss Wong herself. This compressed space then opens up into the main area of the restaurant, which is an enormous 10000 square foot space with 22-foot-tall ceilings.
This area is divided symmetrically by two bars and areas of raised seating. Hanging on the columns are 6 large neon and lightboxsigns advertising fictional shops. These signs, and the custom lamps on the tables, create a street market like ambiance.
The main area then breaks off into four different zones that surround it. These areas are smaller and more intimate. Each of them has its own unique characteristics, allowing people a different dinning experience every time they visit.
One of these areas is a recreation of a Chinese pergola. Another is inspired by a Chinese opium den, with a green carpet, and a ceiling covered in glowing lanterns. Custom designed lights and stools give the space an entirely unique character.