Kazakh architecture firm Lenz Architects, led by founder Damir Ussenov has designed a contemporary fine dining restaurant Dijon in Almaty, Kazakhstan, serving French cuisine and a selection of finest wines.
The 50-cover restaurant is a harmonious combination of tenderness and brutality, airiness and massiveness, minimalism and glamorous fusion.
At the core of the project, a tall curved rack protrudes from the wall. It not only lights up the main hall of the restaurant but is also the central feature of the restaurant. Round pendant lights, upholstered furniture, curved glass, and a delicate colour palette add brightness and airiness to the interior, while complex concrete structures, high ceiling, and open space utilities provide the restaurant with solidity and grandeur.
The brutalist structure and industrial interior are complemented by vivid accent colours such as bubblegum pink and electric blue.
The canvas-white walls are adorned with a minimalist artwork of American artist David Cantu. The restaurant also features a glass wine and flower cellar.
A floating concrete staircase, fenced on both sides with glass and mirror with vertical lighting, leads you to a separate area on the second floor with a large family table. Since the ceiling in this zone is only 240cm high, it has been coated in a mirror finish to visually expand the space.
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