JJ ACUNA / BESPOKE STUDIO
Hansik Goo
Hong Kong

Hansik Goo is Hong Kong’s newest fine dining destination. At the helm is Korea’s Award-Winning, Chef Mingoo Kang, of Seoul’s famed Mingles restaurant. The name Hansik Goo is a play on words that can refer to both “a family that shares meals together” and “Korean cuisine by Chef Mingoo”. In collaboration with ZS Hospitality, Hansik Goo introduces the heart and soul of Contemporary Korea today with tasting menus authentically Korean but with inventively playful twists, elevating flavours in a refined and nuanced way using ingredients sourced locally and from Korea.

Interior architecture, designed by JJ Acuna of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, takes inspiration from Chef Mingoo’s humbly crafted artisanal platings, building a concept narrative aligned with the Chef’s craftsmanship and focused on the story of “Sky, Earth, and Bounty”. The 2,200 sq.ft. Space is separated into three zones; the Sky Zone in the Main Dining Room designed in various shades of blue, the Earth Zone at the Drinks Bar clad in copper metal, and finally the Bounty Zone defined by the Chef’s Private Room table in natural walnut with touches of forest green and birch finishes on walls and soft surfaces.

To create a space of warmth, Korean species of Oak and Birch give the space an ease and softness, while hand-crafted glazed ceramic tiles make a glossy contemporary finish. The designers also take inspiration from Seouls’ ancient Bukchon Hanok Villages, a neighbourhood from the 14th Century with preserved traditional Korean architecture. The private room’s vertical surfaces are framed by geometry inspired by the Hanok, while the main dining room floor utilises a uniquely staggered floor pattern made of sliced white limestone and poured-in-situ terrazzo- reminiscent of peripheral stone and concrete walls protecting these Hanok homes.

To create a space of warmth, Korean species of Oak and Birch give the space an ease and softness, while hand-crafted glazed ceramic tiles make a glossy contemporary finish. The designers also take inspiration from Seouls’ ancient Bukchon Hanok Villages, a neighbourhood from the 14th Century with preserved traditional Korean architecture. The private room’s vertical surfaces are framed by geometry inspired by the Hanok, while the main dining room floor utilises a uniquely staggered floor pattern made of sliced white limestone and poured-in-situ terrazzo- reminiscent of peripheral stone and concrete walls protecting these Hanok homes.

In addition to the restaurant’s materials and finishes, uniquely bespoke artworks in collaboration with contemporary Korean artists were curated and placed carefully throughout the space. In the Sky Room- a 5-panel luminescent panoramique of Acid Etched Mirror and Laminated Glass, titled “Breathing of Light 20MA01 (2020)” by artist Lee Kyouhong was made specifically to respond to the design narrative of Sky. Three beautiful prints of Hanok homes, gardens, and landscapes by photographer, Kim Heewon, adorn all three zones of restaurant. Other collaborations include sculptural work by Chung Yongjin, Kim Woo Young and Kim Yong Ho.

Project Name
Hansik Goo
Architecture & Interior Design
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio
Design Team
James JJ Acuna, Dominic Cheung, Alex Garcia, Alexis Abiog, Eric Marasigan
Date of Completion
June 2020
Location
Hong Kong
Area
Approx 2,200 sq. ft.
Client
ZS Hospitality
Site Photography
XU Liang Leon
Artwork Selection
Soluna Fine Art (HK)
Window Booth Pendants with Gold Mesh Detail
Haberdashery (UK)
Dining Area Wall Sconces in Light Blue and White Resin
Aromas Del Campo (Spain)
Private Dining Room Pendants Small and Large
Resident (New Zealand)
Brass Wall Sconce with Exposed Bulb
Roanoak Co (US)
Bell Shaped Wall Sconce
Nightworks Studio (New Zealand)
Forest Green Curtain
Harlequin (UK)
Emerald Green Textured Wall Cover
Phillip Jeffries (US)
Light Blue and Navy Blue Banquette Fabric
Zoffany (UK)