Inside Barr Restaurant in Copenhagen
Barr is a casual restaurant and bar located in the premises of the former world-renowned restaurant Noma on Copenhagen’s waterfront. Barr uncovers traditional dishes of the Northern Sea Cuisine such as frikadeller (Danish meatballs), schnitzel and hot-smoked salmon in a creative version. Both the interior and the graphic identity was designed by Snøhetta, a Norwegian studio with offices in Norway, USA and Austria.
“Throughout the restaurant, the design is driven by a strong duality and juxtaposition of the old and the new. When entering the restaurant, guests are met with a warm oak floor, contrasting with the rough texture of the original stone walls. A massive, carved wooden counter stretching from one room to the other anchors the space. The ceiling is alternately composed of the original ceiling beams and new, sculpted wooden planks, which are embedded with brass details that reflect micro spots of light. Raw materials – wood, leather and wool – evoke the restaurant’s Northern influence. Local techniques and locally sourced materials played an essential part in the restaurant’s design. Most of the oak used for furniture and interior was harvested from trees grown less than fifty kilometres from Barr’s doorstep. The restaurant’s furniture was created by Malte Gormsen using traditional Danish craftsmanship and carpentry. The bar counters are CNC-milled oak. The relief pattern of the ceiling and wall panels are inspired by the microscopic view of barley, one of the three main ingredients in beer making. Designing within the context of a listed building meant that we needed to understand the space carefully. Reflecting overarching vision for Barr, we believe we have created a feeling of formal informality. 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,” commented Peter Girgis, Senior Interior Architect in Snøhetta
- Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
- Date completed: 2017
- Design: Snøhetta