Can you imagine how fun it would be to climb a little ladder into one of these elevated eating pods at Fabbrica restaurant in the Netherlands? This is not the first time that Tjep Studio has decked out an eatery with elevated dining modules (there's a Fabbrica with a similar concept in Rotterdam as well), but this time, the Dutch studio has taken a more earthy approach to the design. In response to our stressed economic times, the designers say people want less bling, which is why they chose natural materials over painted surfaces for this awesome eating establishment in Bergen.
Fabbrica Rotterdam has a similar layout but the difference between that restaurant and the new one in Bergen lies in the materials. Whereas Rotterdam is shiny and glittery with massive chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the small pods in Bergen are lined with unfinished timber that have a more authentic appearance, and are illuminated with less flashy lighting.
The floors are also made up of natural materials, wood used to fuel a gorgeous tile-covered oven is stored openly in stacked metal crates, and piles of materials are saved by displaying the lighting infrastructure on the same containers instead of hiding them behind another wall. Daylighting beams into the restaurant through a tall arched window, which our friends over at Knstrct believe gives the establishment a “greenhouse” feeling. We love the direction in which Tjeb Studio is heading: classy but simple and close to nature.