Subversive yellow on the central stairs and the spiral staircase that
connects the outdoor patio to the gallery above stop the interior
appearing too sombre
rotating louvres naturally give various expressions to
the flat façade.’
The stainless steel panels, powder coated in varying
shades of green, screen the restaurant’s first floor
eating area from the street. The louvres can be
individually opened and closed to control the amount
of light and air that passes through. The shafts of
sunlight create kinetic lines and patterns on the floor
and interior surfaces. From the outside, the effect is of
forest leaves randomly swayed by a breeze.
The architects have achieved a light, spacious
ambience throughout the building. An open patio on
the ground floor leads through to a large open-plan
dining room. The first floor above is more segmented,
making a number of seating layouts possible. There
is plentiful use of glass throughout to allow light to
permeate the space.
Structural steel columns line one side of the upper
floor, supporting a gallery that acts both as a dining
area and a roof sheltering the diners on the patio
below. This space, separated from the main upstairs
dining area by a series of glazed doors, is flanked
along its length by the green façade.
Exposed steel supports and balustrades, protective
metal mesh panels, concrete flooring, an exposed
brick service counter and bare light bulbs suspended
from coiled cords combine to create an unvarnished
What could have been a rather sombre monochrome
effect is saved by the subversive yellow of the central
stairs and playful spiral staircase that connects the
outdoor patio to the gallery above.
In winter, the façade is an unexpected splash of green
in an urban palette of grey, cream and off-white. But
come spring, large trees along the pavement burst into
iridescent life, merging with the green hues of The
Forest House and making it their own.
Photographs: Hwang Hyochel