This is one of my favourite restaurants that I’ve seen and I’m loving the ultra cool military chic style modern interior design scheme. Metallics are always really popular in interior design and Wang Studios have used metallic tones incredibly well in the interior design of the AMMO restaurant. Metallic tones are one of my favourite additions to a design as they can make the whole design look finished. The monochrome colour palette is so trendy and stylish, especially with the addition of the tan and lime green accent colours against the metallics.
AMMO Hong Kong by Wang Studios
AMMO’s stunning cinematic like interior was created by Joyce Wang of Wang Studios who drew inspiration from the 1965 film noir masterpiece, Alphaville to create a beautiful dramatic interior space. This ultra‐cool award-winning, contemporary tapas style Hong Kong restaurant and bar is located in a heritage site containing a former 19th Century explosives compound and the interior really takes military chic to a whole new level. The use of metallic copper throughout the interior space is both luxurious and industrial while referencing the military past of the site. “The result is a surreal yet modern space, nestled within the jungle that feels a world away from the bustle of the city.”
AMMO is where a casual setting balances effortlessly with highly crafted dishes and sexy artisan cocktails in almost a very casual environment. It is an incredibly vibrant bar and Mediterranean restaurant within the Asia Society headquarters; As Ammo is located on the site of the former British ammunition storage site, this is where the name “Ammo” comes from.
Military Chic Interior Design
The interior is a dramatic space that features glistening spiral staircases suspended from the ceiling, with metallic copper used throughout to form an industrial yet warm atmosphere. The huge floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the space peer out onto the lush greenery that surrounds the Ammo building. Bespoke metallic copper chandeliers and a shimmering bar back display feeds the imagination and makes for an exciting and interesting celebrating venue with a surreal edge.
The restaurant specialises in homemade pasta dishes, and the Mediterranean‐style dishes have been given a distinctly Asian twist that customers just love. And the cocktail list is just as inventive as the food menu, with specialities including the Earl Grey Martini, with in house infused Earl Grey gin, orange, lemon and sugar, or the bartenders will happily go off menu to whip up anything you like really.
The AMMO Restaurant Interior is one of my favourite restaurant designs and if I’m ever in Hong Kong, I will definitely be visiting for some Asian style Mediterranean food and possibly an inventive cocktail or two. I just love the finish of ever single surface and material used in the design of this space, it’s just stunning in the most elegant way. It is so beautiful how every surface and material complements the next; and there is a perfect balance between gloss, metallic and matt surfaces that adds another layer of luxury and sophistication to the interior.
Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Miami Beach
Year : 2019
Studio Arthur Casas always intends to create a new world within each project, considering users as the center of the experience. Unleash new perceptions, feelings and connections through materiality, lighting, color, and texture is the essence of our design. In our proposal for Kosushi Restaurant, located in Miami, these elements had a key role in the project’s development, creating an atmosphere capable of offering to customers the complete experience of a Japanese vernacular architecture combined with contemporary references.
The woodworking was used to cause moments of wonder and surprise. The structure’s design was inspired by Japanese carpentry, in particular the art of joinery, which consists of creating wooden structures with complex joints without the use of glue or metal supports.
The organic shapes of the sushi bar and the table area bench contrast with the orthogonal lines of the low ceiling wood structure, in order to achieve visual balance and harmony. The sushi bar curve stands out in the restaurant layout and represents a focal point in the proposed plan. Parallel to it, the organic bench frames the rest of the room. One of the main concerns included the services circulation: comfortable aisles were delimited between all tables to facilitate the restaurant’s everyday operations.
The light oak tone marks the restaurant's entire woodwork and is combined with grayish tones and the concrete texture of the walls. All design metals have bronze shades, complementing the materiality chosen for the project with a balanced and elegant combination.
The lighting was designed completely tied to the cube-shaped structure of the ceiling. The woodworking complexity made it possible to create light and shadow effects to achieve a comfortable atmosphere in the entire restaurant while also achieving beauty through the use of light. Studio Arthur Casas architectural design offers users a not only palatable but also sensory experience, rooted in Japanese culture, gastronomy and architecture, bringing a Brazilian touch through furniture, fabric combinations and finishes.
Architect: Eme Carranza
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Project year: 2019
Since it’s a sushi chain, we based the idea on a design easy to replicate by creating modules adaptable to different surfaces and self-supported. A layout that takes the topography of the behavior of the tides as a reference, resulting in an organic visit suitable for its product, there is no fresher fish that the one in its own habitat. The morphologies refer to nature, reefs and coral, but developed with materials such as concrete and wood that denote the man’s hand. The sensation is of being immersed in the caves at the bottom of the sea.
This 500m2 venue belongs to Fabric Sushi, a very important sushi chain with 41 franchises between Argentina and Uruguay. They called us to restyle their brand and this is the first venue in which we participated, located next to the river in Puerto Madero, a prestigious neighborhood of restaurants and offices.
The biggest challenge was designing a project that was our base in order to work in different locations and venues. By working with a franchise, this first venue needed to be easy to replicate, that’s why we worked with modules that were adaptable to different surfaces and self-supporting. At the same time, the dimension was also counterproductive to the idea of imitating the underwater caverns, in order to overcome this, we faceted woods lowering the height of the ceiling and achieving that feeling of being under water. Another element that was necessary since it’s a sushi restaurant, was to incorporate reminiscences of the Japanese culture into the design.
The result is a layout based on the topography of the tide’s behavior, with an organic sitting design that alternates different heights and offers different instances throughout the restaurant. It’s an environment suitable to their product, because there is no fresher fish than the one in its own habitat. A morphology that refers to nature, reefs and corals, but with materials such as concrete and wood that shows the man’s wit and hand.
To reinforce the concept, we illustrate a wallpaper mural based on biodiversity found in the sea, generating the feeling of rhythm in the space and creating another area for a VIP lounge. Lastly on the walls one can find organic forms masking fish tanks with aquatic plants. All these decisions, elements and details throughout the venue helped generate the sensation of being submerged where the fish live.
We made a place where the senses are not only activated by the gastronomic proposal, but also by the feeling generated by the space. The smell of its materials reinforces freshness and helps flavors explode in the mouth creating a third dimension, the experience.
Designing an innovative and different space worthy of being remember was key in the sitting display which aims to generate a new and unique experience each time you return.
We developed a concept entirely linked to the gastronomic proposal, “there is no fresher fish than the one in its own habitat”, the reason for which we design a layout based on the behavior of the tides, merging a part of the floor with a topographic map of the ocean currents, resulting in an organic and fluid sitting tour. The rest of the elements in the space take up the morphology of the marine biodiversity playing with the volume of the elements. No decision was made as a result of a whim, everything is integrated by the concept, the space becomes solid and forceful, and people indulge in that experience because they feel safe and confident.
We managed to create a restaurant that has a presence in social media, where each person that goes takes a photo, making the place come alive. We designed an imposing venue that generates a strong first impression, intriguing the guest into entering the depths of the sea; we achieved a playful place that drives you to find the different interventions such as reefs that mask fish tanks, paper windows, and murals.
Design and Supervision: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Furniture: Time & Style
Location: Dazaifu Fukuoka
Number of Stories: One story on the ground
Architects Kengo Kuma and Associates have installed a Starbucks coffee shop on the approach to a Shinto shrine in Dazaifu, Japan.
Over 2000 wooden batons line the interior of the shop, creating a diagonally woven lattice that spikes out beyond the recessed glass facade.
Signage for the shop nestles amongst the beams, while a strip of planted reeds marks the entrance.