2020 GFD 🏆 Awards


Context: A fine dine restaurant/lounge spread across a single floor plate of 7000sq.ft situated in the coastal town of eastern part of India, Bhubaneshwar.

Special Mention- Global Future Design Awards 2020
Architect/Designer | NEEMESH SHAH

Category | Interior Design Built
Country | India



Bhubaneshwar being a coastal town, the entire concept is developed around the characteristics and behavioral pattern of water.


The idea was to create a fine dine cum lounge sporting relaxed and free flowing interiors, depicting coastal elements of the locale. We were to create a free-flowing space amalgamating yet delineating the two activities.

The real challenge was to address the dense structural grid along with the low ceiling height, creating fluidity between the spaces.

The behavioral pattern and dynamic characteristics of water have been instrumental in designing the space. Water is interpreted in some of its physical and perceived forms like a multiplying ripple or a tiny raindrop.

When a drop of water hits a surface, it bounces up as a splash, this natural phenomenon is captured in the private dining areas. Cut-outs in the structure balance openness with privacy.

The Bar has created a visual identity to the space. A wave with its periodic rise and fall is frozen to form the undulating bar making it look like a wave. The structure is thus observed as a fluid form without obvious columns and structural elements holding it. It is painted golden to correspond to the color of the sand.

A tailor-made metal and crystal light installation travelling above the bar and draping the adjacent column are a graceful adaption from sleet. The installation is an interpretation of sheets of rain pouring down. Crystal and metal tubes suspended from the ceiling at various heights to make the space appear like an orchestra of light.

Ceiling suspended lit glass globes are interspersed in the restaurant. These globes filled with water and the aid of light and sound cast a ripple like effect on the floor giving user an underwater experience.

Varied elements are incorporated while planning the space to deliver its primary role of serving a dual purpose, that of a fine dine restaurant converting to a bar later at night.

The open area near the bar converts to a dance floor, use of sparsely spread color changeable fiber optic installation add drama to the space. A step up created serves as a space for live performances with a 16 X 8 feet digital wall forming the backdrop.

The interior canvas is based around a palette of black essentially with gold added for opulence and highlighted with metal & crystal lights. Painted red and blue, the interiors of the private dining room shout out as a contrast, adding a touch of distinction to the otherwise subtly lit dining areas. The soft furnishing palette is in grey, blue & reds, which has been used throughout the scheme in a myriad of rich textures. The result is a dark and classic venue which is versatile in use.

Fragments of water cohesively brought together thus keep the flow of the space very fluid with no visual barriers, yet delineating different areas. The organic form used in the design create a free flowing visual and physical experience.