This post shall dive into a visual experience of three Café’s-cum-restaurants designed by Space Race Architects; Jalandhar, Punjab representing diverse parts of the world. The firm’s Principal Architect Udayveer Singh aims to design spaces with the tools of emotions to support the edifice of not just a building but a place you connect with everyday life.
Fire-in-The Hole, Wood Fired Pizzas:
Located near the PPR Market in Jalandhar, Punjab, the Fire-in-The Hole has a North Italian feel. It largely reflects the Streets of Venice as one enters the space. It has a lot on the platter that attracts a creative person. Rustic Interiors and unique embellishments win the game. Be it be the Coloured bulbs at the ceiling level, the coined interior wall, Herring and bone pattern flooring, semicircular blind arches depicting the Venice streets or the alternative patterns of stone cladding. All these elements blend harmoniously visually making the visitors travel to the origins while enjoying the cuisine. The color combination of greys and yellow also create a magnificent feel and imparts an ethnic ambience to space. From a cultural viewpoint, this is an apt place to congregate, talk, and entertain one another in small groups.
White Lama Café, A European eatery:
Located near Lokhandwala, Mumbai, the White Lama Café is the best place for a quick bite. It reflects Inspirations from the Greek cafés of Santorini, Greece. The blend of blue and white, depict coolness and calm ambience amidst the humid climate of the place. The area is strategically divided for a large outdoor seating to impart a relaxed and refreshing feel. The color combination takes one into an island ambience with elegant décor and customized seating. The café in every detail engages the senses with the restful atmosphere, tasteful décor, refreshing beverages and delicious snacks. The outdoor seating is partially covered with the tented screens representing the bright sky amidst the bluest of seas. The visitors take back a delectable memory that stop for a cup of coffee or a quick leisure meal.
Kumar Cake House, A multisensory Bakery:
Located on busy Rainbow Street in Model Town, Jalandhar, the Kumar Bakery is a foodie’s paradise and designer’s delight rolled into one entity. Cake Boy is the hero of this story. With a Cool Boy persona, everything about him is dapper and stylish – from his ingenious sunglasses which are LCD screens flashing the menu and orders, to his rugged face which is entirely sculpted out of nails! The design detailing definitely steals the cake (pun intended) at Kumar Bakery, some of the crowd favorites being the selfie point next to cake boy, catchy decals on the walls and the open kitchen with rolling pins hanging off the ceiling! Exposed red brick walls lend rustic warmth to the bakery, while the classic beech wood and mild steel combination adds that contemporary edge.
Project Name: Café’s-cum-restaurants
Architecture Firm: Space Race Architects, Jalandhar
Project Year: 2018–2019
Design Team: Ar. Thakur Udayveer Singh and Ritika Singh
Content credits: Pappal Suneja
Photography credits: Purnesh Dev Nikhanj
Pappal Suneja is a Design Researcher and an architect based in Germany. He is Country Editor for World Architecture Community as well as an international correspondent for ADA Magazine. Pappal is the founder & Curator of Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organisation and currently pursuing his research at Stiftung Bauhaus, Germany.