Complied by Leah Linhares
Photography: Zooey Braun; courtesy the architects
Ippolito Fleitz Group introduces a cocktail-flavoured lounge experience in their pan-Asian restaurant at Stuttgart’s Milaneo shopping mall…
Conceptualized by successful restaurateur and cofounder of restaurant chain Vapiano: Kent Hahne, GinYuu is the new gastronomic departure, offering a pan-Asian Pacific kitchen combined with a lounge concept and cocktail menu.
Resembling Vapiano, GinYuu employs elements like front cooking and chip payment; however, it creates a distinctively charged spatial situation inviting visitors to dive into the world of leisure, leaving the shopping mall environment behind them.
The architects carve out the interiors with a relaxed ambience: round tables, bar stools and seating along a lengthy deep-cushioned sofa, offering a distinguished choice of mood and ambience. And for those, who prefer a private meal, there are cubicles separated by tall wooden filters.
The spatial topography of GinYuu centres around the core areas of reception desk, bar and kitchen counter; each area anointed by its distinctive signature element. Like the reception desk is positioned beneath a suspended canopy of lamps; the open kitchen complete with front cooking stations extends along the long wall highlighting the corporate colours.
It is an interestingly culled all-wood palette, where handmade wooden panels of driftwood cover the walls; oak floorboards on the floor and counter front provide a keynote; violet bar-stools, dark stained roughly-sawn table-tops and bleached ceiling shutters provide accents of colour.
Pan-Asian motifs include a free arrangement of shutter struts and tall metal filters, taut ropes stretched against wooden walls in the cubicles and large ceiling fans. Pillars covered in white tiles from floor-to-ceiling are visualized and hand-rendered by Stuttgart-based illustrator Claudia Wagner, who draws directly onto the tiles.
The GinYuu world is all about a relaxed atmosphere brought about by the use of different types, colours and surfaces of wood – a beautiful juxtaposition of hard and soft lines, which brings the crossover of cocktail bar and restaurant chain to life.