concrete completes mama makan, a dutch-indonesian grand café in amsterdam

concrete completes mama makan, a dutch-indonesian grand café in amsterdam

located in amsterdam’s ‘plantage’ quarter which is rooted in the history of dutch trading with the far east, ‘mama makan’ is a new dining destination hosted inside the recently opened spinoza hotel by hyatt regency.

the dutch-indonesian mama makan restaurant is located inside the spinoza hotel in amsterdam
all images © wouter van der sar for concrete



the interior was realized by concrete where the dutch studio brought to life the concept, name, interior design and total graphic identity of the restaurant, as well as the hotel lobby and meeting rooms. the mama makan restaurant itself is a contemporary dutch-indonesian grand café that ultimately connects the traveler with the local heritage, residents and historic nature of the neighborhood. the theme around the interior involves envisioning the journeys on the ancient trading routes.

an onyx marble front desk greets visitors as they come in



a palette of greens seen in real plants, the wallpapers and furnishings come together to evoke a tropical yet comfortable setting throughout. a brass cage-like cabinet wrapped around the core hides the structure of the building and with a concrete-edged palm pattern as a backdrop. this organizes the restaurant, bar and lobby areas. this ‘cage’ accommodates all basic functions such as the restaurant bar, chef’s tables, private dining, wine fridges, wardrobe, service stations and the open show kitchen. in addition typical asian cooking equipment and herbs collected during the dutch travels can be found. moving outwards towards the glass facade, the restaurant features various seating areas.

a living green wall with tropical plants connects the entrance to the patio in the rear



the cage continues seamlessly into the reception of the hotel lobby, with an onyx marble front desk greeting visitors as they come in. a living green wall with tropical plants connects the entrance to the patio in the rear, blurring the distinction between inside and out. the restaurant features a show kitchen, as a volume, has been cut out of the core and is clad in green tiles reminiscent of the green cut-outs as found in the architecture of the building.

the theme throughout recalls the journeys on the ancient trading routes



the bar is consistent with the restaurant’s show kitchen where the bar is also cut of  the center core to show a concrete palm pattern. additionally, the lobby bar cuts into that same volume creating a lower, secretive lounge hidden away from the direct line of sight.

fixed banquettes create smaller cozy brasserie-like zones with loose flexible furniture

the wooden herringbone parquet is mirrored along the ceiling, embracing the bar between wooden finishes

like all recesses in mama makan, the wall has a green finish with a palm-pattern wallpaper in dark green tones

a refined selection of furniture has been chosen to support the theme of the restaurant



project info:



project team: rob wagemans, tobias koch, sofie ruytenberg, zana josipovic johanna zychski,
marlou spierts, cathelijne vreugdenhill
architect building: van dongen-koschuch
developer specialist: aedes, ubm
joinery: kamper
graphic concrete: house of heaven
general contractor: afbouwcombinatie accompli afbouw – AT Nederland VOF
green consultant: sempergreen






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