Kook Restaurant by noses architects
- Esther Jablotschkin
The young firm Noses Architects completed their ‘mission architecture’ for the ‘Kook’ restaurant project in Rome: it meant creating a place that enhanced the perception of the senses without going overboard. The designers say: ‘The project trusted in cold concrete, heated by the warm wood and custom furnishing full of memories and, perhaps, until recently, bearing witness to intimate family scenes. Today’s and yesterday’s threads meet in the architecture and in the cuisine.’
To strengthen the relationship between innovation and tradition, between granny’s recipes and the chef’s specialities, an olive tree, the symbol of wisdom, longevity and Mediterranean essence, was embedded in the glass. A ‘green aquarium’ that holds one of the true symbols of the local culture and cuisine, but making it a free catalyst of light that spreads throughout the premises. The key word is harmony. Walking around the room, you can find an endless array of details, obvious ones (like the old bicycle) or hidden ones (like the exposed pipes of the sinks, just as they used to be), huge or tiny, communicating with each other in a perfect industrial style, vintage, yet still faithful to the Mediterranean identity. As a finishing touch the designers have also inscribed some words or phrases in the wood and in the concrete, like the popular saying ‘Whoever doesn’t enjoy the meal is crazy, furious and devoid of common sense.’ And we think whoever enjoys beautiful architecture should look at the following pictures.
All images © Filippo Vinardi