When the opportunity was presented to design a Poke restaurant, we decided to free the concept from what is already known. This project is about re-evaluating the ideas of how hospitality is organised in times of a pandemic. We strongly reduced the number of possible guests taking a seat at the same time and increased the distances of people sitting across from each other. The majority of the seats are fixed to have a clear manageable structure within the restaurant.
▼店内空间概览，overview of the store © Robert Rieger
The guests are placing their orders at a free standing cash desk, which transfers the task to an isolated preparation lab where the bowls are processed. The customer takes a seat and picks up the tray once being informed to do so. The process avoids unnecessary crowds and waiting situations.
▼收银台区域，free standing cash desk © Robert Rieger
viewing the preparation lab from the seating area © Robert Rieger
A photograph of a Hawaiian fisherman from the year 1907 functions as a role model and gave inspiration for the concept. A man sitting on a rock with just the very essential bit of clothing on his body is preparing his gear to go out and hunt. We appreciate the intimacy, the balance and honesty of this situation.
▼项目灵感的来源 – 夏威夷渔民照片，
The inspiration for the project – A photograph of a Hawaiian fisherman © Robert Rieger
The guest room transports the idea of an intimate and meaningful experience. A stone, which is part of the restaurant’s corporate identity, slowly spins in the window at the most prominent place of the restaurant. The floor and wall plastering pick up the warm tones and give a natural and earthy atmosphere. Linen curtains with a bespoke hanging system, made of aluminum, complete the seating situation gently.
▼用餐区概览，overview of the seating area © Robert Rieger
▼象征着品牌形象的巨石悬吊在餐厅最显眼的位置，The stone, which symbolizes the brand image, is suspended in a prominent position in the restaurant © Robert Rieger
Two curvy concrete tables who compliment each other capture the room’s center attention. The table has a rough yet pleasant surface and gives the idea of a terrazzo structure. Inspired by the fisherman, cut off granite stones from Norway and wooden stumps present the possibility to take a seat. Boulders of different colourways add a natural and warm color palette to the interior.
Linen curtains with a bespoke hanging system © Robert Rieger
Shaped concrete tables contrast with soft curtains © Robert Rieger
▼石材与木桩制成的座椅，Stone and wooden seats © Robert Rieger
Hand-crafted concrete applications with a rough texture go hand in hand with stainless steel kitchen counters which are separated from the guest room through a large glass. The inside of these given spaces are reminiscent of a fish market hall scenery with its steel and tile surfaces.
▼备餐空间，isolated preparation lab © Robert Rieger
▼不锈钢厨房柜台侧部，side of the stainless steel kitchen counters © Robert Rieger
▼洗手间，restroom © Robert Rieger
contrast between hand-made concrete and stainless steel © Robert Rieger
▼平面图，plan © VAUST studio