Fish and chip shops from around the UK were 3d scanned by London and Hong Kong based creative studio Unknown Works, and digitally replicated to form the active, unfolding facade of this concept restaurant in Chengdu, China.
▼立面设计示意，facade design concept
The tiny 33sqm restaurant sits within Taikoo Li, an upmarket shopping district in the heart of Chengdu, China’s fourth largest city. The site is located at a prominent corner junction within the Swire Properties owned estate. With the interior space being so limited for dine-in guests and the exterior envelope being such a visible marker of the site, it was immediately obvious that the facade itself should play the key role in the project – forming both an active space for restaurant goers to inhabit as well as being the conceptual framework for the entire restaurant.
▼立面成为设计的关键切入点，the facade plays the key role in the project
▼可活动的立面，the active facade
The concept was formalised through 3D scans of existing textures, patinas, interiors and exteriors of a variety of fish and chip restaurants around the UK, including the original Scotts. Meticulous details and idiosyncrasies such as ornate facades, joinery details, salt shakers, fishy trinkets and even down to wallpaper textures have been digitally captured and replicated. The digital point cloud data collected through lidar scanning and photogrammetry were processed to form a library of architectural elements that form the facades for Scott’s TKL.
▼立面细部，facade detailed view
全新的活动外墙由乳白色的玻璃钢（GRP，玻璃纤维增强塑料）构成。项目雇用了为迪士尼制作大型人物道具以及为漫威电影布景的专业承包商，利用大尺寸的5轴数控铣床来制作可重复利用的模具，用于制作立面上1.1m x 3m的门，最后再进行填缝、固化和手工修整。
The new and active facade is made from alabaster white Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP). Specialist contractors normally appointed in the fabrication of oversized mascots for Disneyland and film sets for Marvel used large-scale 5 axis CNC milling machines to carve the reusable moulds for each of the 1.1m x 3m doors which were then lined, cured, and hand finished.
▼乳白色的玻璃钢外墙，the facade is made from alabaster white Glass Reinforced Plastic
Each door that makes up the facade unfolds to form both the characterful face to the newly transplanted chippy as well as acting as the integrated furniture for this compact but prominent intervention. Tables unfold from the centre of each panel giving each diner a framed view of their neighbours.
▼可展开的门为紧凑的空间补充了一体化的家具，the doors act as the integrated furniture for this compact but prominent intervention
▼框架视野，a framed view
The layout of the internal kitchen follows a weaving, customer-facing counter, creating a linear experience of the preparation, cooking and packing process. The interior has been pared back to a graphic white tiled grid that covers the floors, walls, counter and continues to form hidden doors that conceal a myriad of storage spaces.
▼厨房和用餐空间，kitchen and dining area
Scotts TKL is the first embodiment in a series of international outposts of the traditional chippie reimagined for China. Taking the notion of ‘Shanzai’, a term describing the act of copying and imitation that is so often indiscriminately directed at Chinese commerce, this project aims to frame the discussion around the guises of what cultural exchange, dialogue and trade can take in modern Sino-British relationships.
▼装饰细节，the adorned facade