Rather than relying on decorative alliterations most commonly used to communicate a culinary theme, we approached the design of an intimate bistro by subscribing to the notion that fine dining is, in itself, a performance art. Located in the theatre-centric Daehangno district of Seoul, the customers and service staff are cast as the characters in a circuitous narrative that plays itself out daily to the public audience on the street that passes by the bistro.
By applying formal manipulations to a singular planar sheet, the spatial logic and sequences of the dining experience is created from a series of bends, folds, slices, and extensions. Customers enter from the street into a darkened interstitial space that serves as a “sidestage” of activity and preparation. Once their table is ready, customers are then escorted onto the illuminated stage where they perform scenes from a daily culinary script.
CREDITSTAEK SOO KIM (VER-TEX)