Snøhetta has crafted Nordic-inspired interiors for René Redzepi and Thorsten Schmidt’s latest venture, Barr, in Copenhagen.
Barr, which means barley in old Norse, takes over the former home of Redzepi’s legendary Noma restaurant on the city’s waterfront.
‘We have created a feeling of formal informality,’ says Peter Girgis, senior interior architect at Snøhetta. ‘Together we have created new components, including custom furniture and cabinetry, which enhance Barr’s identity and philosophy, while at the same time providing a connection to the original Noma space.’
Snøhetta made microscopic studies of dishes and beers from along the North Sea coast – including Scandinavia, Germany, Benelux and the British Isles – and translated this into the restaurant’s tawny colour palette. Patterns on the ceiling and walls are also inspired by a microscopic view of barley, used in beer production.
Rough stone walls contrast with warm oak floors, while original ceiling beams sit between new, sculpted wooden planks that are studded with brass details to catch the light.
Barr’s carved wooden counter and custom-designed furniture – made by Malte Gormsen out of oak grown less than 50 km from the restaurant’s doorstep – continue the locally made theme.
In addition to masterminding the restaurant’s interiors, Snøhetta also took the lead on devising Barr’s visual identity, designing a new typeface that blurs hand-made and mechanical traditions.
Diners at Barr can tuck into a menu filled with casual Nordic classics such as Danish meatballs, schnitzel and hot-smoked salmon, served alongside craft beers and ales.
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