Dardenia Fish + Sushi by Alataş, Istanbul – Turkey

March 26th, 2014 by retail design blog

‘There’s plenty of fish in the sea’ is an understatement when you’re in Istanbul. Turkey’s most fascinating city has direct access to two major bodies of water: the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Asked to tackle the branding of local fast-food restaurant Dardenia Fish + Sushi, Alataş Architecture crafted an interior that emphasizes Dardenia’s reputation as a trustworthy eatery.

The restaurant’s customers enter the environment through a transparent, non-laminated glass facade, custom-designed with a fishing-inspired bobbins system. The main interior is minimal and sanitized, yet warmed up by the wooden tables and service desks. Other functional elements, such as a reverse-tripod coat rack or a bait-like magazine hanger, provide hints of playfulness.

By making a section of the floor upstairs transparent, the designers put the ground-level kitchen on display, inviting diners to look down and watch the cooks in action. The see-through portion of the floor also allows natural light to filter through to the space below. The toilets, designed as a 4.5-m-high mezzanine in the basement floor, further connect the two environments while establishing an informal contact between the clients and the kitchen. The overall result is a light, airy interior with interesting contrasts, particularly cool versus warm and the balance between formality and informality.

Words Nicola Bozzi
Photos Ali Bekman, courtesy of Alataş





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