Somesome Bar & Restaurant Beijing, China

SOMESOME Bar & Restaurant Beijing, China

With the vision of dining experience being both modern and classic, trendy and artistic, the audacious brand Somesome teams up with Mars Studio to open its restaurant in Taikoo Li Sanlitun.

Instead of blending into the vigorous context, the  restaurateurs and designers seek to build an urban retreat amid the bustling retail neighborhood.

Somesome Bar & Restaurant  Beijing


Like a good recipe always has different flavors balancing out and enhancing each other, the space tends to celebrate the notion of neither collectiveness nor intimacy, but rather a fusion of the two. Within the spectrum from open, to semi-enclosed, and to completely private, dining areas are subdivided, compartmentalized, and segmented into “cocoons”, each centered on just one or a small group of tables. It is a place for both sharing and immersing.

SOMESOME Bar & Restaurant  Beijing, China


If a straight line and a flat surface following the orthogonal coordinate system reflect the ideology of rationality, then a warped surface embraces sinuant yet diverse meanings – stretching or folding, welcoming or rejecting, navigating or incarcerating, etc. Warped surfaces act as the key mediator of identical urban strategies throughout the space.

When confronting the crowded public entry, it builds up a thick shell with deeply carved portals allowing for peeping eyes, and when facing the outlook with large folding windows that can be completely open, it morphs into thin and open frames to formulate a matrix of cross arches allowing for view out and air to flow.

SOMESOME Bar & Restaurant  Beijing, China


Adding the dimension of time into cognitive experience helps one to read space as layers of memory. While the repetition of arches in the main dining hall generates rhythmic tempo, moving through the deep thresholds, on the other hand, is the sequential unfolding of curiosity: from the carved entry hallway, through another threshold, to banquette seating area, through yet another portal, to private dining room, and perhaps finally, to the lavatory.

As one moves through, the space is constantly compressed and released, hidden and revealed, and his curiosity reaches the epic as he finds himself finally at his destination. Two facing mirrors in the room fool the eyes furthermore with the illusion of an infinite journey dominated by spatial progression.

SOMESOME Bar & Restaurant  Beijing, China

Design Firm: MARS Studio
Location: Sanlitun, Beijing, China
Area: 300 sqm
Principal Architects: Ma Ning
Project Manager: Xue Zhao
Design Team: Jiechong Yu, Dongyuan Guo, Yachen Liu, Zhu Ke, Qin Zheng
Photos courtesy:  UK Studio

MARS Studio

MARS Studio was founded in New York, USA, and opened its Beijing office. It is an international architecture studio full of vitality and energy oriented towards architecture and interior design. The founding partner of the firm, Ma Ning, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked in MAD Architects in Beijing and Bjarke Ingels Group (B.I.G) in New York. His past design projects include S.Pellegrino Flagship Factory in Italy, Harbin Opera House, Xiamen Xin he Headquarter, Manhattan 45 Broad St Skyscraper, Sanya Phoenix Island Villas, Taipei Bade Road Residential Towers, Brooklyn 205M Twin Towers, Ecuador super high-rise residence and so on.

Studio’s current projects range from small buildings, new type retail spaces, renovation of old building, urban plan renewal to cultural buildings of different scales. Current projects include a conference center floating on water, a green technology office building in Tianjin, a treehouse vacation hotel tucked away in a forest, an innovative urban renewal park on the outskirts of Beijing, and a rooftop extension by the water.