this immersive restaurant proposal frames dramatic views of iceland's natural sites

this immersive restaurant proposal frames dramatic views of iceland's natural sites

FRAMESCAPE Greenhouse Restaurant by Heffrence Teow

 

Set against the dynamic landscape of Iceland, the FRAMESCAPE Greenhouse Restaurant by Heffrence Teow proposes a new culinary experience where farming, ingredient processing, and dining are brought into one place. Envisioned as a simple geometric volume, the project translates the ‘Farm-to-Table’ ideology into an immersive architectural experience where visitors witness and celebrate the often ‘hidden’ parts of food production. 

 

‘The amalgamation of a restaurant with a greenhouse is an act of celebrating food – especially in places like Iceland, whereby locally grown food is a rarity. It becomes a symbol of appreciation and raises awareness around our consumption. Furthermore, by integrating the ‘behind the scenes’ process of food production as part of the visitor experience — meandering around the farm before reaching their seats — an immersive environment is created by adding context and background to the meal served at one’s table,’ comments the architect. 

framescape greenhouse restaurant celebrates food and icelandic landscape through simple geometries 1
the restaurant sits humbly on the ground like a set of interlocking basic geometries 

 

 

a ‘back to basics’ approach 

 

Given its proposed location, the FRAMESCAPE Greenhouse Restaurant expands the isolated dining experience into a bigger context by exploring the relationship between farm and dining versus surrounding and space. This, however, raises two questions: How can the restaurant further enhance the experience and deliver a new perspective to the landscape in a similar, appreciative way that farm does to food? What additional qualities can the restaurant provide to its visitor in experiencing Iceland when they can just simply wander around the open landscape?

 

Heffrence Teow (see more here) responds to those interrogations by pairing the ‘farm-to-table’ ideology with a ‘back to basics’ approach. He decided to break down the richness of the Icelandic landscape by separating the surrounding elements and framing them individually, allowing visitors to take in each natural wonder, one at a time, without the others ‘shouting’ for equal attention. 

framescape greenhouse restaurant celebrates food and icelandic landscape through simple geometries 2
meandering paths bring visitors around the Greenhouse and connects the spaces together

 

 

attention to and gratitude for what is being consumed 

 

Reducing external stimuli and distractions focuses the attention on specific attractions found around the site – Hverfjall, Lake Mývatn, and the Northern Light – enhancing the dining experience by heightening awareness of the context. Teow continues: ‘In the same manner that farm allows us to better understand the food we eat, the ‘reduction’ of our surroundings allows us to better witness the beauty of nature, helping us raise consciousness and gratitude of what we consume.’

 

In line with his ‘back to basics’ vision, the architect imagined the restaurant as a simple yet abstract rectangular form that humbly sits on the ground to prevent overpowering the rich, natural surroundings. Inside, meandering paths bring visitors around the Greenhouse and connect the four main spaces: The Cube (Entrance), The Cone (Multipurpose Space), The Cuboid (Restaurant), and The Tetrahedron (Lounge Bar). Each area is designed to respond and frame a particular element on site. 

framescape greenhouse restaurant celebrates food and icelandic landscape through simple geometries 4

the Tetrahedron Lounge Bar frames and dramatizes the Hverfjall landscape with its triangular opening 

 

 

‘Instead of replicating the natural environment and trying to compete, the structure complements and highlights its characteristics by adopting basic geometries to eliminate unnecessary attention while acting as a backdrop that frames the views and elevates the immersive ambiance: a round aperture frames the shapeless sky; a triangular opening dramatizes the mountainous landscape and Hverfjall; a rectangular portal captures the panoramic view of shimmering Lake Mývatn and the plain faraway, reflecting it up close,’ elaborates Teow. 

framescape greenhouse restaurant celebrates food and icelandic landscape through simple geometries 5
the Cone Multipurpose Space conceals the surrounding with a slanted and continuous concrete wall 

 

framescape-greenhouse-restaurant-designboom-full

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: FRAMESCAPE Greenhouse Restaurant

location: Mývatn, Iceland
architecture: Heffrence Teow / ALOT

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

ARCHITECTURE IN ICELAND (19)

GREENHOUSES IN ARCHITECTURE (34)

HEFFRENCE TEOW (3)

RESTAURANT AND CAFé DESIGN (662)

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

designboom will always be there for you

milan, new york, beijing, tokyo,  since 1999
X
5