Yellow-tiled partitions that recall grassy meadows and swampy purple ceilings seem inside this travel-themed restaurant on the centre of Amsterdam by Studio Modijefsky.
Karavaan is an all-day restaurant and cocktail bar located in Amsterdam’s Kwakersplein sq..
Dutch observe Studio Modijefsky designed the 357-square-metre restaurant as a journey by means of 5 pure landscapes: a meadow, swamp, forest, mountain and desert.
Every zone boasts a barely completely different color scheme and materials palette however is linked collectively by a darkish horizontal line that runs across the restaurant’s partitions, serving as a constant visible thread.
The restaurant’s identify and inside are impressed by native historical past. Kwakersplein sq. was as soon as a polder – a low-lying space of land that is host to a man-made physique of water. It was became a dam within the 19th century, after which grew to become a part of the Bellamy neighbourhood.
“Ever since, individuals have been migrating in the direction of this spot, similar to a karavaan (Dutch for caravan), however this time to accept good,” mentioned the studio.
With the theme of journey in thoughts, the studio determined to translate the journey of a caravan right into a bar and restaurant inside.
Prospects enter by means of a glass vestibule, arriving below a big round ceiling mild that illuminates a small lounge space beneath.
From right here the area unfolds in varied instructions, with completely different groupings of furnishings and decor particulars guiding individuals by means of the inside.
“Typically a flipped mild or a mark on the wall turns into a navigation software to maneuver by means of the completely different landscapes, similar to within the outdated days, when stones had been stacked, and rocks had been marked to indicate the way in which,” defined the studio.
“Like a karavaan, the path makes you uncover landscapes that no one knew belonged to Amsterdam.”
A second entrance is ready within the right-hand nook of the constructing, shielded by a curtain.
Supposed to evoke the sensation of being amongst the tall grass of a meadow, the realm has been completed with yellow-tile partitions, a herringbone picket ground, pure oak bar and a cream, carpeted ceiling.
This meadow-like bar adjustments its operate by means of the day, from a morning espresso spot to an informal space for drinks within the night.
A sequence of mirrored mild panels above the bar that learn “Karavaan Caffeine” could be flipped round within the night to learn “Cocktail Karavaan” as an alternative.
The ground steps up a degree to the central bar and eating space which options bespoke seating. Designed to recall the reflections of the water and roughness of sediment present in a swamp, this area incorporates a shiny ceiling, deep blue columns and stucco partitions.
Mirrored tiles, zinc and cork are used on the bar.
The swamp theme is hinted at once more within the facet of the restaurant that overlooks the sq., which has a deep-purple ceiling and murky gray bench seat.
Adjacently lies a zone impressed by the forest. The fabric lining the entrance of the bar in the principle room switches right here from cork panels to diagonal picket slats, and the reflective zinc countertop turns into dense wooden.
The timber ground additionally adjustments its sample from herringbone to diagonal.
Rainforest foliage and mirrors function inside Amsterdam bar by Studio Modijefsky
“Removed from the pure mild, using darkish colors and inflexible strains make this zone really feel like a dim forest,” added the studio.
“Beams of sunshine come by means of the partitions, resembling the rays of solar peeking by means of dense tree trunks leading to an enchanted environment.”
A desert-like aesthetic has been utilized within the subsequent room. On this lounge area, the studio has used a mixture of heat colors and comfortable, tactile supplies, such because the gold-hued curtains and pink velvet chairs.
Through the day the lounge is definitely accessible by means of the eating space however at evening the area could be closed off by folding doorways, making a extra non-public and intimate environment.
The boys’s’ bathrooms are themed round mountains.
Studio Modijefsky was established in 2009 by Esther Stam. Karavaan is not the studio’s first landscape-inspired mission – again in 2016, it stuffed a green-painted bar with an abundance of tropical vegetation to create a rainforest-like really feel.
Images is by Maarten Willemstein.