The programme initially given to us required the creation of a cosmopolitan restaurant inside a 5 star hotel, contemporary and innovative, using the same materials as in the rest of the hotel.
It had to be located exactly beside the main public entrance and by the sidewalk so that people could immediately see it from the outside and feel the will to get in.
The idea of the project was to somehow create a new space within another space.
To create a distinctive area from the rest of the hotel using the same materials where people would feel comfortable and cosy even with one of the main entrances of the hotel as well as the street so nearby.
In that sense, we’ve tried to organize the space in a clear way, and to make people feel they are in a different environment immediately after they get to the entrance.
The change in colour from white to black of the stone on the floor marks the restaurant area. The space is entirely coated in black: black granite stone on the floor and columns and black textile ceiling.
This gesture is reinforced by the orange glass on the walls that signs the perimeter.
The space is mainly divided in two areas: one that includes the waiting area in order for people to seat and have a drink while waiting for their turn and the show-cooking counter made all in black granite stone and another that is all along the façade, the orange glass façade, where you seat and enjoy the food.
The ceiling was powdered by various pendant lights (Dear Ingo by Ron Gilad for Moooi), allowing the light to come in from various points.
White velvet curtains were put all along the façade in order to give it a more comfortable feeling and a not so exposed ambience.