Designed by: DA Bureau
For client: Under the sea Floor area: 110.00 M² Year of completion: 2019
Submitted for: Restaurant of the Year

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About the Project

"Under the sea" is a small sushi restaurant in the historical center of Saint - Petersburg. Our customers came with idea to make something unusual in visual and construction terms. They had only name of restaurant - " under the sea " and 110 sqm space in historical bulding. It was our starting point. One of the advantages was ceiling height, so we decided to use it as visual magnet of the whole space and place some key structure there. At that moment we faced our main problem: since this is historical bulding - slabs were very weak and we couldnt attach anythng heavy to the ceiling. Huge metallic cage was constructed all over the space and this solution let us move load from ceiling to side elements of the cage. As a visual reference we took combination of japanese and scandinavian minimalism.

We wanted to make really clean and simple space, that would help to make main focus on food, not on the decor - that's why the entire walls just painted white, all the functional elements made of stainless steel, custom-made tables with white tabletops emphasizes dishes of this place. Of course main and the hardest part of interior was massive wooden structure under the ceiling. This construction consists of more than 40 wooden pieces and refers us to huge polygonal wave, so visitors sit under methaphorical water. And this is reference to the restaurant's name - "under the sea"

What’s unique about it

Actually it is not only about winning. We want to show the result of our hard work, during which we developed and realized quite complex solutions such as almost 12 tons of wooden elements attached to the ceiling in historical building. So it was a challenge to realize this concept in the space we had. Each element is unique and is a result of coordinated work of everyone, who took part in this project.

© Sergey Melnikov
© Sergey Melnikov
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© Sergey Melnikov
© Sergey Melnikov
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