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“Fine dining meets rock ‘n’ roll” was the concept for the conversion of a chapel in a former military hospital. Sounds incongruous? Absolutely. The result is anything but, seamlessly mixing luxe materials with a sense of morbid humour. Piet Boon Studio’s restaurant design for The Jane preserved the original chapel ceiling while creating a highly unique and contemporary dining space below. The centrepiece is the 800kg chandelier, custom made by .PS lab, a precarious piece that adds movement and directionality to the formally styled tables below. Watch the ‘making of’ video to see how the studio realised such an ambitious design.

The windows of the chapel have been replaced by stained glass, but again, it’s not the expected images of religious figures and biblical symbols. Designed by Studio Job, 500 panels show off a vivid, tattoo-style assortment of imagery – a bizarre and humorous mix ranging from gas masks to birthday cakes to penguins.

However, The Jane’s design doesn’t play novelty at the cost of functionality. The materials – natural stone, oak and leather – are made to age. Subdued in tone, they don’t seek to draw attention away from the more exuberant features of the space but instead to add complexity and sophistication to the dining experience. Elegance and irreverence. Stained glass and tattoo art. Like fine dining and rock ‘n’ roll: they shouldn’t work, but they do.

Photo: Richard Powers

Photo: Richard Powers

Photo: Richard Powers

For more images and details see Piet Boon Studio, Yatzer & Archdaily.


The unique design of El Equipo Creativo‘s Restaurante Pakta finds its inspiration in a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian traditions. Pakta means union in the Quechua language, and this concept is reflected through the duality of the two main sections of the restaurant. The delicacy of the lines that enlace the ceiling and walls and the Latin American informed use of vibrant colour provides a direct link to traditional Peruvian craftsmanship in fabric-weaving, while the bar area at the front is a clear reference to the austerity of Japanese architectural principles. The linearity of the design creates movement and visual interest within an otherwise small space, and the kitchen is incorporated into the dining experience as a luminous box, where the chefs can seen through glass panels of various opacity.

The sleek, refined design of São Paulo’s Kaa transforms the restaurant experience into an urban oasis. Isolated from the city by the lush vertical garden containing over 7000 rainforest plants, the space is finished with hardwood, neutral fabrics and warm lighting to emulate the relaxed sophistication of a hotel lounge. A glass retractable roof allows for control of the elements, while the central water feature creates a serene ambiance.

The pared back design is complemented by the careful use of detail, such as the collection of vintage objects behind the bar. As Arthur Casas has said of his work, ‘It’s not about how much you spend, it’s your capacity to transform a space into something interesting.’ See more at the Cool Hunter and Timeout.

Eclectic and opulent, Luchetti Krelle’s design for Ananas Bar & Brasserie is a rich merging of old world colonial style and art nouveau detailing. The pineapple motif runs through the design, reappearing in the lighting and tiling. Furnishings sourced from Parisian markets and antique stores mix with bespoke upholstery and custom furniture, creating a quirky sense of French vintage glamour.

The Prahran Hotel has been given a stunning update with Techne Architects‘ creative use of concrete pipes as intimate spaces for patrons. Visible from inside and out, the cylindrical shape mirrors the 1940s art-deco style of the original building and is also reminiscent of kegs. With tones of bright green, dark leather and wood, interior designer Bianca Baldi has harmoniously integrated the new space with the original hotel. The most striking feature is the second level of seating looking out over the elevated garden that runs the length of the addition, creating a feeling of height and space that is rare in the pub scene.

all photos: Peter Clarke

The gorgeous extension of the Lisbon aquarium by Campos Costa Arquitectos involves 5000 ceramic scale-shaped tiles, creating subtle, beautiful textures that work with the existing heritage structure. Situated next to a public water feature, the design plays with marine themes without being kitsch to create a valuable public space. See more photos and plans at Designboom.

photo: radek brunecky

photo: vitor gabriel

Designed by Jean Nouvel in 1987, l’Institut du Monde Arabe is still one of Paris’ most distinctive architectural features. The huge glass facade is backed by a layer of interlocked metal diaphragms, which are individually controlled by sunlight to open and close like a camera lens. The effect is bewitching, creating different geometric patterns throughout the course of the day, all of which are reminiscent of Arabic art, albeit a super-modern interpretation.


interior with 80s fashion cameo

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noma / space copenhagen / 3XN / polyform architects

“In an effort to shape our way of cooking, we look to our landscape and delve into our ingredients and culture, hoping to rediscover our history and shape our future.”  – noma philosophy

Space Copenhagen’s renovation features dark organic materials: oak, brass & fur, mirroring the Nordic environment and highlighting the delicate, earthy menu.

New details on a wrap-around garden renovation to take place in July – designed by Polyform Architects, the gardens will draw inspiration from Noma’s nautical setting and create a visually interesting environment for diners, where previously the view was bare concrete.

eye level view of proposed gardens

More info here.

And finally, the gorgeous renovation of Noma’s warehouse into the Noma Food Lab by 3XN. With geometric refractions of light and playful storage but still a raw, natural atmosphere, the space is perfect for creative gastro-experiments.