stedelijk museum restaurant by concern studio
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sep 22, 2012
stedelijk museum restaurant by concern studio


‘stedelijk restaurant’ design by concern
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five years ago amsterdam-based multidisciplinary studio concern won the opportunity to conceive the interior design for the hospitality
areas of the recently renovated stedelijk museum.

located in the heart of the city’s museum square – cornering the museumplein and van baerlestraat – designboom visited the newly
refurbished restaurant, featuring a distinctively seamless relationship between the interior and exterior areas of the space.
designed closely in conjunction with architecture firm benthem crouwel who designed the exterior, the concept highlights the vision
of concern to create a space that welcomes patrons of all walks of life by embracing and amplifying the idea of a public zone –
this achieved through eradicating barriers and merging the outdoors and indoors.

the bulging concrete benches protrude proudly through the expansive glass walls – rhythmically accented with integrated red
rubber seating visible from across the square, an invitation to sit. the interior sports the same furnishings, the prominent couches
facing and complimented by detached seating. a soldier-like row of tables meet the open-plan island bar – greeting a visitor from
one of the two entrances. the restaurant presents a unity between the museum and its environment, reflecting the inherent communal
and social personality of the space – identifying the important role the long awaited stedelijk museum plays in the life of the city and its people.


the bulging concrete benches protrude proudly through the expansive glass walls
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the interior features expansive concrete benches
image © concern | gilian schrofer



the interior and exterior seamlessly meet
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the restaurant presents a unity between the museum and its environment
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the benches face complimentary detached seating
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the design embraces and amplifies the idea of a public zone

image © concern | gilian schrofer


concern directors cindy bosma and gilian schrofer
portrait © designboom

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