Huge windows bring the warm glow of the setting sun inside Goyang-Si’s Ohvenu Cafe, lighting up its atmospheric, industrial interior.
Seoul practice Yolllley Studio designed the space, hoping to dissolve the boundaries between the cavernous restaurant and its terrace by ‘taking the sunset and the night view into the interior space’. The practice chose a relatively austere palette of materials, using stone, expanses of tile and steel for counters, flooring and furniture.
The grey-on-grey tones come alive under the light of the sun, as well as the warm glow of the many table lamps Yolllley Studio has dotted about the restaurant. Anything that would block natural light has been minimised, and even the chairs are designed to filter the light through their exaggerated armrests.
Industrial interiors are contrasted by planters full of waving reeds that sit on the balcony, as well as the glowing windows of the tower blocks beyond. Yolllley Studio says its aim is for the cafe to be ‘a terrace in the heart of the city’.
403, 868 Janghang-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea