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.
Sansibar by Breuninger, Düsseldorf, Germany by DITTEL | ARCHITEKTEN
February 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: DITTEL | ARCHITEKTEN
The new Breuninger department store in Düsseldorf is housed in the prestigious Kö-Bogen designed by Daniel Libeskind. It accommodates the first mainland branch of the famous Sansibar restaurant from the North Sea island of Sylt. Herbert Seckler who owns the restaurant on the island is a national celebrity in his own right. Now he has granted his first license for a restaurant outside the island.
DITTEL | ARCHITEKTEN were given the task of designing and implementing the restaurant measuring 230 m² and adjacent areas. The brief was to transfer the relaxed and informal atmosphere of the original restaurant to the Rhine metropolis. In keeping with Breuninger harmony, the restaurant was to radiate a natural, high-class flair. The aim was to unify two strong brands, Breuninger and Sansibar, under a single roof so that each can profit from the other.
In order to experience the atmosphere of Sylt, typical materials were used, such as old wood for the panelling and tables made of solid oak. Wine is a key theme for the Sansibar, and this was integrated in the draft plans as a characteristic element.
Various zones offer seats for about 130 guests. The central element in the room is the large bar. During the day, it provides an open view of the Breuninger sales area, inviting guests to relax with a snack. Whereas flexible furniture clusters line the façade which offers a scenic view over the lake, the bench seating at the front ends encompasses the room. It is backed by a patinated wall design reminiscent of an old wine cellar. Two large solid tables in the middle of the room promote communication and informality, while the suspended candelabras provide pleasant lighting.
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