The Covered Hearth | Chi-Q at Three on the Bund

The Covered Hearth | Chi-Q at Three on the Bund

Situated within the prestigious Three on the Bund, Chi-Q is renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s addition to a growing collection of restaurants in Shanghai bearing his signature. It is the first one, worldwide, to serve an upscale menu dedicated to the culinary offerings of Korea, a country and culture that is much loved by the chef.

The design concept celebrates the beauty of the dramatic yet often neglected atrium at the heart of the restaurant, a feature of the momentous 2004 renovation of this historic building. Neri&Hu’s design creates an abstracted landscape and interiors providing guests an architectural experience to complement the unique gastronomic experience.

Cladded in charcoal wood slats and concrete floors, the entrance of the restaurant is reminiscent of the discrete and private entrances found in traditional Korean houses. Upon crossing the threshold of a wooden gate, guests are lead naturally into the long bar along the window, where they may relax with a drink and enjoy an open view onto the raised garden with its massive stone block backdrop.

Diners will experience their meal in half sunken seating banquettes leading up to the communal table situated under the large void of the atrium, re-establishing this architectural feature as the heart and climax of the spatial experience. With its unique composition of light, shadows and reflective patterns that evoke the canopy of a forest, the warm-toned metal ceiling is the defining feature that runs throughout the entire dining space. With a deep understanding of materiality, the striking atmosphere inside the main dining space recalls the richness of Korean cuisine—both space and food representing a balance between the delicate, the raw, and the vibrant.

Gross Area
450 m²


Completion Date
May 2014

April 2013 – May 2014

2F, Three on the Bund, No. 3, Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Dezeen's Top 10 Interiors of 2016, DezeenChi-Q Korean Restaurant
Best of Shanghai Awards 2015, by Time Out Shanghai, ChinaChi-Q by Jean-Georges, Best Asian Restaurant in Shanghai Category, Winner
Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2014, by Hong Kong Interior Design Association, Hong Kong, China Chi-Q by Jean-Georges, Chi-Q, Food Space Category, Gold Prize
Best of Year Awards 2014, by Interior Design Magazine, New York, USAChi-Q by Jean-Georges, ‘Project Design’ under Restaurant: Fine Dining Category, Finalist
Best of Shanghai Awards 2014, by Time Out Shanghai, China Chi-Q by Jean-Georges, Best Restaurants & Cafes. Asian/Korean category, Winner