Something Wild the Farm, an eatery bringing rural flavours to an urban location, requires a design that is in line with their dining experience for their new space. Here, they grow and harvest their very own microgreens. Plot Architecture office was in charge of the interior design of the restaurant.
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Located in a tourist hub, the restaurant occupies a rather narrow and deep site in a mall, but has a wide shopfront. The design makes use of the wide exposure to create a bright and welcoming presence of the restaurant, and incorporates a sense of openness in the space inside as one would feel on a farm.
A white corrugated cladding is applied throughout the shopfront to give a modest rural impression, but refined to fit the urban setting. The repeating doorways along the front with low barriers resembling window boxes, establish a connection with the adjoining walkway while maintaining separation. The interior is revealed through these portals, where one can see a timber trellis stretching across the shopfront with a variety of greenery inside.
The trellis expands in the depth of the space, to give an illusion that the space inside is as wide as the shopfront. Sitting in the middle, it conceals all the uplighting fixtures in its framework that bring a light-filled, uncluttered and airy space.
The trellis is also laid out to divide the restaurant into three dining sections: a paved area with hanging greenery almost like it is on a street next to a sidewalk, an intimate seating area in the microgreens farming section under the trellis and a bright window seating area. The three sections – before, inside and behind the trellis – are each given a distinct character to enhance every corner of the restaurant, in order to provide the diners with options in exploring the eatery.
Facts & Credits
Project title Something Wild the Farm at iSquare
Design Plot Architecture Office
Location Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Photography Harold de Puymorin (except Image 113707 courtesy of Something Wild the Farm)