After years of contemplating expansion options in Beijing, a unique site in a most fantastic area (by our standards) became available. Construction began in May 2014, with an opening scheduled for early 2015. This is an active construction site at the moment, so pictures and commentary will go up in a fairly delayed fashion..  But please stay tuned, and feel free to email us any questions or comments along the way.

Concrete Slabbing

Saving both time and money, we’ve gone with large concrete slabs for upper-area roofing that can support people, but not full floor structures. These things are huge, and heavy. A total of 18 workers were needed to lift each one up to the second floor!

Restaurant main entrance

A few slabs resting above the dining room

The dining room.. The remaining 6 square meters will be glass instead of concrete!

In the kitchen

Inside the Lookout

More Grey Bricks

Here the worker is putting on the finishing touches of a grey brick wall that only functions to block the ugliness from one neighbour. The new wall is especially nice in the late afternoon sun!

Here’s the wall from down below. Next to it is the back of the kitchen.

Grey Bricks

Today is grey brick day again. This time an important visual part of the second floor will be raised up high in order to add a mask of traditional grey bricks on top of the new modern structure within.

Check out the view of the bell tower!

2 hours later, it is all done.

The view from within the balcony walkway

Looking at it from the courtyard

Raising the Second Floor

Here comes the second floor, structural beams and all.

On the right side is the dining room, the left is a kitchen – mostly

Up comes the kitchen

Cutting day

It’s time. Forget about safety, about cranes, tools and most other common sense. Today is completely about destruction, and big, heavy falling objects.

18 year-old up on the top, straddling the tree for dear life.

Absolutely insane worker standing beneath the falling branches holding a chainsaw on full throttle the entire time

Guiding the branches towards the floor, sometimes.

Luckily the south room’s walls and floor can take the weight

Alone on the tree still..

Crazy guy still at it with the smaller branches on the ground

Examining the large cuts of trunk.

Cutting a few thin ones too…

Loaded up and ready to go!

Mr. Guo with his gift. 15 minutes of work and he has a brand new meat cutting board.