Mangata Restaurant

Mangata Restaurant

Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea | View Map
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Choi Yongjoon

Mangata Restaurant

NOMAL as Architects

Restaurant ‘mångata’ means ‘the roadlike reflection of moonlight on water’ in swedish. Our approach for the ‘mångata’ was coexistence. This restaurant serves softness and hardness with variety of experience through the course meal. The Chef had a great ability of using opposite components to coexist together with a harmony. We tried to make a right shell for his food with a right space identity. Luckily his new site for the restaurant was a very old hanok (Korean traditional house). We decided to give a modern touch with an original hanok atmosphere to represent ‘coexistence’. Original hanok usually have very rough finishes with curvy structure. We used concrete to have a clean finish with a rough looking texture.


Also we used metal canopies to hide linear light which irradiate the typical structure of the hanok. Since the ceiling was a huge identity of the hanok, we wanted to either totally hiding it or totally not touching it. We hid certain ceiling in order to hide old damages and locate our electronic systems. Since the restaurant serves a course meal, we thought it would be interesting to have different layers for the restaurant. In order to enter the restaurant, a visitors must go through the busy city – quite alley – narrow vestibule – open courthouse – modern hanok space. We thought this could be a very dramatic experience for visitors.


Furniture were also specifically designed for the space. Traditional Korean furniture were made by solid wood and special joints. In order to modernize the furniture, all designs are based in modern minimal form of chairs with traditional joints. This furniture design emphasized the coexistence of the modern and traditional.

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Product Spec Sheet

PaintBenjamin Moore
16mm Pair glassKCC
19451S WHITE MATTE - vestibule wall tile, ERANGEL WHITE - hall floor tileyounhyun trading
Product Spec Sheet
16mm Pair glass
by KCC
19451S WHITE MATTE - vestibule wall tile, ERANGEL WHITE - hall floor tile
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