Conception as a restaurant: accommodating, but elegant, American style grill restaurant, which focuses on high quality steaks Design concept : using the given characters of the space, bring up the atmosphere of New York restaurants Location: in the heart of Budapest, in the bank district, with plentiful of restaurants, wine bars and cafes Expectations from the client: reflecting the high quality of the restaurant with the visual signs, it should be convincing, living up to the history of the old building,
The base for the design was a high headroom 250 m2 space partly encompassing the inner court of the more than a hundred years old building. The most spectacular of the restaurant is the guest area, it can sit 40 guests, with its great glass portals it allows us to take a look inside. From the street we can see the
cross-sectional view of the restaurant, through from the wardrobe, which is hidden behind the SICIS mosaic wall picturing a city view of New York, until the bar. Before entering we can take the pleasure by seeing the collection of chairs and tables from Tom Dixon, the red bar chairs designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and the classic lights by Artemide Tolomeo unusually placed above the leather benches.
Straight after stepping in we can take a look at the selection of meat displayed in the glass cabinet, then choose the ones for our taste to be prepared for our meal. Behind a glass wall, in the display kitchen, we can follow the professional work of the international chef team and the high tech oven glowing at 800 Celsius. In the kitchen everywhere are acid-proof surfaces, strong lighting and spotless cleanness.
The counterpoints of the light coming through the wide shop windows are the black and dark grey wall surfaces and the dark materials. The contemporary furniture look more elegant in front of the plastered white and brick walls, which are slackly left at their original states, as the lights are more extraordinary directed on them.
The unique atmosphere is created by the consciously used L iron structure through the whole of the restaurant. The functions of it however are different. Somewhere it is used just as decoration at other places as a holding structure. It is an emphasized element of the design, running from the wardrobe to the bar. We can discover the strong featured black iron straps on nearly all of the wall surfaces. Most dominantly on the restaurant’s central wall, as a fence in front of the photo of a New York fire
escape. The designers intensified the special, a little bit industrial feeling, with the unique geometric wooden suspended ceiling above the guest area. It is beautiful and it also has its functions to hide the ventilation equipments and provides possibility to fix the lighting.
The warm but clear oak parquet is surrounded by Mirage Herritage collection of gres tile surfaces bringing back the atmosphere of age old abbeys. Lights: precisely selected moderate ball lights. Somewhere one by one and somewhere placed in a group, completing with the more extreme Foscarin – Diesel rubber suspensions. It seems as they light the place without any effort. Their forms are just as important as their functions. They are the perfect visual elements. The nicest example of all is the Chasen by Patricia Urquiola in the hallway of the washrooms and the huge Tolomeo floor lamp shining at the entrance in front of the glittering mosaic wall. The restaurant awaits its guest with a bistro milieu, where chairs, upholstered benches and tables could be varied in many combinations.
KNRDY – american steakhouse and bar in budapest
interior design: suto interior architects
sqm: 250 m2
designed in 2012
built in 2012
photos: zsolt batar and balazs glodi