Views of the Entry. The design takes advantage of the best attributes of the ground floor site in the new Suhrkamp Verlag building. It was important to retain the feeling of openness created by high exposed concrete ceilings and expansive glass facades on either side of the restaurant. A triangular welcome desk resolves the complicated geometry of the site so that the dining areas have a relaxed atmosphere.
Views back to the main circulation ring from the main dining room. The path where patrons may walk is reinforced by overhead rings of custom-designed lighting.
The main dining area is entered by passing the open kitchen, which is defined by an overhead volume of unfinished perforated aluminium and cabinets of red-coloured MDF topped with natural deep red granite that combines all the colours used in REMI.
The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the new
At the heart of the space is the partially open kitchen volume encased in materials that work together like ingredients for a good meal. The striking palette consists of rough stucco, unfinished perforated aluminium, cherry-red MDF, natural lacquered birch, pale blue Kvadrat curtains, stainless steel and a natural deep red granite. Contrasting with the precise nature of the ground plane are overlapping rings of lighting that circle overhead in a freeform and dynamic fashion. These continuous lights, custom-designed by Ester Bruzkus, orbit the kitchen “enhancing and unifying the clean and transparent design,” explains the architect.
View of the dining area shows a mix of carefully sourced, high quality materials used with precise attention to detailing. This approach mirrors Lode van Zuylen and Stijn Remi’s ethos to ingredients the chefs use in their meals.
The inherent quality of the materials such as their depth, thickness and texture highlighted by faultlessly crisp detailing. Bruzkus explains that “the best example of this material approach is how the red-coloured MDF is used – the colour is not applied to the surface but all the interior fibres are stained – so when it is cut, it reveals its interior like a stick of butter.”
The dining area furniture from
The design of REMI makes use of contrasts in its celebration of good design and the modern dining experience. The design emphasizes sharp and soft, thick and thin, rough and smooth, colourful and restrained as well as playful and well-resolved. Every detail comes together like a well-crafted meal.
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