03. Dec 2014

Landscapes of light

Photos: Nicolas Matheus

The interior architects from the French design studio Jouin Manku, together with the lighting designers from L’Observatoire International, have re-designed the Roof Garden Restaurant in the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich and created a 235 square metre restaurant and lounge with access to a roof terrace. During the daytime, the restaurant is flooded with natural light through the floor-to-ceiling windows. In the evening the space is illuminated by soft flowing lines of light, some of which are concealed within the folds of sculpted plaster in the dining alcoves. The overall goal was to generate a cosy and special atmosphere.

In certain parts of the ceiling slightly overlapping white panels have been integrated into the American walnut cladding, which is also used to clad the wall surfaces. After dark, indirect lines of light subtly trace the transitions where the panels overlap. Directional spotlights mounted in the panels provide direct lighting to the dining tables.

The three dining alcoves which are carved into the wooden wall feature textured images of collapsing snow on the rear walls. These snowy landscapes have been moulded in plaster and are rendered three-dimensional by cleverly concealed light sources. The lighting lends the space the necessary flair and enhances the simple elegance of the furniture.

Project team:

Architects: Köhler Architekten – Gregor Baur
Interior architects: Jouin Manku – Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku
Lighting design: L’Observatoire International


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