Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
RESTAURANT STORK (DE OVERKANT) in Amsterdam, Netherlands by CUBE architecten and SOLUZ architecten
March 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
An old industrial warehouse of 1100 m2, at one of the most beautiful spots along the Amsterdam waterfronts, was transformed by CUBE architecten and SOLUZ architecten to suitable and attractive space for the biggest fish restaurant of Europe.
STORK RESTAURANT is one of the pioneers in project “De Overkant”. This project involves the redevelopment of the former factory of Stork in Amsterdam North. The aim is to tranform the old industrial complex of several buildings into lively area for creative companies, restaurants, events, culture etc. It’s on the north side of the IJ, the big canal that splits Amsterdam in two parts. The north side used to be less known by the public but the last couple of years this area is suddenly discovered. This particular area where company Stork used to build its machinery and engines is actually very close to Amsterdam Central Railway station, but until recently not many people knew it.
CUBE architecten and SOLUZ were commissioned by Eigen Haard to redevelop the 30.000 m2 of industrial spaces for at least the next 15 years. They also made the architectural design for the STORK RESTAURANT. The interior design and realization of this is done by Interior Shock.
The original facades of the old factory were almost completely closed, with only windows high up. So the first intervention was creating large openings with glass folding doors that can open up large parts of the facade. The old small windows, witch were placed to high to actually see the other side of the river, were extended downwards. These two interventions brought a lot of light into the old factory, created an impressive view of the harbor, and provides an easy access to the waterside terrace in summertime.
All facilities are placed behind one long continuous wall that doesn’t reach the facades or the roof of the building. The large open industrial space is thus left intact; the new elements are treaded as autonomous furniture-like additions. This wall contains several openings with one of them the open kitchen where all the cooking and preparation by the chefs is shown.
For the interior design and styling Interior Shock often used recycled items, such as huge (unused) concrete sewerage segments, huge old cable reels of neighboring company Draka and wooden pallets. . This fits within the concept of minimizing the use for (new) materials and adding no more than is needed.
The large central bar is placed between the cafe part and the more formal restaurant area. This way the huge open space is divided in different areas and atmospheres.
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