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The New Dynasty

The legendary Dynasty Restaurant has been redesigned, paying homage to the traditional Xiguan Mansions of Guangzhou, China.

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BY janice

February 17th, 2015


Located on the third floor of Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, the 26-year-old Dynasty Restaurant is a well-known establishment in the local F&B scene having earned for itself the nickname “tycoon’s canteen”, thanks to its regular clientele of celebrities and the city’s elites.

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For its newly renovated interiors, the restaurant has drawn inspiration from the traditional Xiguan Mansions of Guangzhou, China.

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“The Xiguan Mansion is a landmark in Guangdong province, which has a rich Cantonese heritage. It’s also where most of the authentic Cantonese cuisine comes from,” explains the lead designer of AB Concept, the design studio enlisted for the project.

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Many of the key elements of a Xiguan Mansion can be found throughout the interior, from the grey bricks to the design of the windows.

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The entrance is reminiscent of the large doorways found in Xiguan Mansions, and serves to heighten the sense of arrival. From here, guests take a grey stone marble path into the main dining area, an elegant space with a 6-metre-high ceiling and panoramic views of Victoria Bay. Frosted glass is applied to architectural columns, which serve as panel dividers to break up the space and offer diners a level of privacy.

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All furniture, carpets and lighting in the restaurant have been custom-designed by AB Concept.

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The eight private dining rooms are named after the indigenous districts of the region, and carry through similar elements found in the main dining hall.

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One of the key highlights within the newly redesigned restaurant is a large artwork made from 13,600 bamboo pieces, an ode to a traditional Lingnan landscape – a region that includes Guangdong province. Delicately layered over with gold-leaf paper, the custom-designed piece by AB Concept currently stands as the largest bamboo artwork to be displayed in Hong Kong.

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