Bornstein Lyckefors created upscale yet modest interior for Koka restaurant in Gothenburg

Bornstein Lyckefors created upscale yet modest interior for Koka restaurant in Gothenburg

Koka is a new project run by one of a Sweden’s top star restaurateur who decided to refresh the previous concept Kock & Vin. Client’s idea was to subvert the classic hallmarks of a fine dining restaurant and come with a new restaurant concept, which would better reflect the ideas of Koka; modern western Swedish gastronomy. This task was completed by Bornstein Lyckefors Arkitekter.

“On a conceptual level, the challenge was to create an upscale restaurant without the classic notions of such a restaurant. More than anything it was a challenge to meet ideals of the kitchen where the appreciation of the raw material make the dish. Local producers deliver the food and the interior should reflect the same values. The challenge was to offer a generic and concentrated atmosphere at the same time. In specific terms, the challenge was to create a restaurant with a more efficient furnishing plan (more guest tables), resolving sound problems without destroying an existing beautiful glass ceiling and to design an environment which reflects Kokas values in an old house. Koka is a composition of surfaces blending sound, texture and light. Only a few materials are used: wide planks of douglas fir are mounted on the floor and on the walls, wine red textile passpartous made of soft fabric act as sound absorbers and are framing the old reflective glass ceiling. Tables are made of the same wood and the tops are covered with thick leather. Utensils are placed on platforms of pine and rocks from a local beach. Lamps are designed by local designer Daniel Rybakken,” explains Bornstein Lyckefors Arkitekter

Original glass ceiling
Douglas fir walls and floor

Wine red textile passpartous

Thick leather tabletops

Floor plan