Studio: Architecture bureau DA
Project: Restaurant BIRCH
Location: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Category: Bars & Restaurants
Credit: Sergey Melnikov
Birch is a restaurant of author’s cuisine in the center of St. Petersburg, which was opened by 4 young chefs.
The founders wanted to make a place in which haute cuisine will be also affordable and simple. A place where one can feel comfortable and relaxed, but a place with a bright personality noticed about it.
It was decided that the restaurant would have two halls: The first is open to everyone, and the second is a secret hall with an open kitchen, where guests can come only for a set menu offered by the chef.
It all started with the name for the venue, Birch, which simultaneously refers to something primordially Russian (this is associated with the fact that some local foodstuff used here) and is also associated with openness, simplicity and grace.
The interior is built on a laconic combination of two basic materials: light wood, reminiscent of birch, and stainless steel, referring to the aesthetics of restaurant cuisines. The plaster surfaces of the walls serve as background emphasizing these materials.
The kitchen area is completely open, and the guests can observe all the basic cooking processes. Here they can see the hot, cold and confectionery shops. Only the zone for preliminary operations is hidden in the utility space.