crafting the traditional | shaping the future

Gunther’s

 

CATEGORIES

Interior, Commercial

Year

2018

Status

Built

Location

Singapore

Size

130 m2

Team

Camiel Weijenberg, Epp Jaager,Lili Nyiregyhazi, Mariel Drego, Tiffany, Chen Qitian,Nidhi Mistry

 

The revamp of Gunther’s, a modern French fine-dining restaurant in Singapore, takes on the contemporary

interpretation of art nouveau woodwork, an art style that originated in Belgium and gained

popularity in France at the turn of the 20th century. It was fitting that award-winning Belgian chef

Gunther Hubrechsen was drawn to the style and wanted his restaurant interior to evoke French luxury

through the delicate, curved forms of art nouveau.

The eponymous restaurant has always strived to provide guests with a unique experience of

luxury and quality. His cooking style is one of French opulence, rooted in elegant simplicity.

WEIJENBERG spatially interpreted this ethos, crafting contemporary delicate curved wood features for

the interior. The simple and raw wooden finish exhibits the fine construction detail and layers of

wood fabrication.

The design team used parametric design tools to explore 3D patterns and forms which flow across

walls and ceilings, informed by furniture and functional elements of the restaurant. Fluidity and

continuity define these elements across the bar, dining and private rooms. Each space is linked to

the next by brass ‘tunnels’, emphasizing the transitions in space and experience type.

Fabricated in a workshop in Taiwan, the wooden elements are built from bendable soft wood,

together with harder light oak. The composite is CNC cut to achieve the smooth, curving forms,

which are pieced together and installed on-site in Singapore.

The material palette for this project combines nautical colors in a variety of textures to subtly

complement Gunther’s much-loved cooking, in an elevated, multi-sensory experience. Smart lighting

allows the restaurant management to control the ambiance to perfectly match the right occasion and event.

The privacy of guests is a high priority for the restaurant. This is reflected in the layout which allows multiple

configurations of soundproof rooms and provides alternative accesses to private dining areas. The flexible spaces

can be closed off or opened up to accommodate small or large groups.

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