Explore the construction of narrative scenes in modern dining spaces with artistic elements in traditional Peking opera. ——Take “The Monkey King” as an example

Peking opera is an important form of expression of Chinese traditional culture, and its various artistic elements are used as a symbol of Chinese traditional culture. An important phenomenon now is that there are fewer and fewer people listening to Peking Opera. Especially young audiences. In China, traditional culture is gradually declining, and the national quintessence is slowly disappearing. Peking opera is out of the era, out of a whole generation. Eighty percent of Beijing’s ancient theaters have lost their original functions, and some have become large courtyards and warehouses. As a material carrier to carry culture, architectural space is a place for people to receive and disseminate information. How to apply the elements of Peking opera to the space, let more people know Chinese traditional culture, promote the development and inheritance of Peking opera, and be accepted by more people is a problem that needs to be solved in today’s society.


This paper extracts and deconstructs the facial makeup elements in Peking Opera and applies them to the design of Peking Opera-themed dining spaces. In this way, Peking Opera can be integrated into our daily life, appearing in a modern way. The restaurant is a better place for people to receive and disseminate information. Therefore, the use of Peking Opera elements and story lines in the space design is conducive to let more people understand Chinese traditional culture, promote the development and inheritance of traditional culture, and make Peking Opera be accepted by more people.

Project cover

The name of my project is Heavenly palace. The reason for the name is that it has two meanings. The first is that it is derived from the story of Peking Opera and the Heavenly Palace. I hope to awaken diners’ memories of traditional culture. Second, I want to give the diners a feeling of being in a heavenly palace with the design style of this dining space.

The peking opera: The Monkey King

Facial element extraction

The extraction of the facial makeup of the characters in the Peking Opera "The Monkey King"


Site Analysis

Mind mapping

Book references

Facial Analysis

This is the early extraction of the elements of Peking Opera facial makeup. I chose the character image of Monkey King and conducted in-depth anatomy. The color and color of his facial makeup are closely related to the character's personality. The big red and heart-shaped shapes in this facial makeup represent the Monkey King’s move from the stone. He was born in mid-century and in his youth who made trouble in the heavenly palace. He was a noisy and brave personality. Later, he converted to Buddhism and became calm and steady. The color of his facial makeup also changed from red to blue, and his shape changed from fluidity to smoothness.

Vertical Analysis

The plane modeling is mainly an element extracted from Monkey King's Peking Opera facial makeup. Therefore, two different space types are designed according to the polarized personality of the characters. The red area is more fluid and more active, and the blue area combines modernity with historical culture according to the eclecticism in postmodernism, and combines it with the ancient traditional stage in space, so that the audience can have better interactive. The layout of the space and the roof design are based on the storyline in the Monkey King of Peking Opera.

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Display of spatial details