A leading Slovene restaurant
and catering chain commissioned us to develop a new, larger-type
restaurant in the DSU Palace Building in Ljubljana: a daytime
restaurant in a building with 1500 public administration employees.
Basic volume, installations and construction of the restaurant
space were predefined with the building project, our task
was to optimize the secondary space areas and create a new,
distinctive restaurant ambient which would serve as a basis
for further chain expansion as well as for renovations of
existing restaurants. We developed a concept of a series of
smaller ambients - guests mentally connect their size to a
more intimate restaurant ambient where they like to linger.
Ambients differ in colour tonality, lightness and light source
type. We designed a table for two as modular element which
can be combined into various table groups according to need.
We are aware that this type of restaurant cannot have many
fixed partitioning elements to provide intimacy, because it
would lose the necessary flexibility. This brings about the
danger of empty volume, which is eliminated with the stronger
planar design of table bases and voluminous lighting elements.