Location: Riga, Latvia Year: 2008 Area: 230m2 Team: Zane Tetere – Sulce, Elina Tetere Photo: Maris Lapins
The clients – three doctors – had long dreamt of opening their own restaurant. Its concept was based on a hospital with very obvious references throughout. Every visitor felt a strong reaction – some were instant fans while others had to overcome the initial shock.
Walls were painted in a clinical white shade with a thin red line as an accent. Glossy white tiles added to the sterile hospital feel. We were able to source genuine, Soviet-era medical furniture and equipment which we combined with metal, MDF and tiles to create unique design pieces.
We divided the space into zones. The bar area was themed around a pharmacy. The large dining table was inspired by operating tables, made of steel and lit from above by a real old operating theatre lamp. Other areas included a sanatorium, dental studio, gynaecologist’s office complete with chair, an academic library and even a morgue. One of the washrooms was decorated from top to bottom in mirrors, creating quite the optical effect.
The restaurant gained major publicity in local and international media winning attention for Open AD and our daring creative spirit.