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café APRIL | restaurant
Russia | Moscow | 2005

reconstruction | architecture | interior design | product design and manufacture furniture in RYNTOVT DESIGN workshop

/ works

600 м2 / gross floor area

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café APRIL | restaurant
Russia | Moscow | 2005

reconstruction | architecture | interior design | product design and manufacture furniture in RYNTOVT DESIGN workshop

/ works

600 м2 / gross floor area

A new frame-structured 5x20 meters building was constructed in between two existing brick buildings. This allowed for the interiors to be open for viewing from the street.

Erected in 4 weeks the building was constructed with metal structures prepared beforehand. Both sides of the facade were paneled with natural ash tree glued boards. As a result of the construction of the new building and the reconstruction of the old one a floor was removed and a wholesome open space was obtained.

Additional functions: cinema screen, stage, music & light controls, conference room.

Project's idea: creation of conditions for small concerts, presentations, children's performances, and other informal communication.

The main desire was the creation of the atmosphere of a natural oasis in the center of the megalopolis. In March cold still happens, but in April here the nature really returns to life. So, according to a metaphor of the name of restaurant, there were elements creating the spring atmosphere: light, morning, fragile and thin. Such image of restaurant was created much by working with a light. Achromatic prints of a forest are applied on piers, and high, to a ceiling, windows play a role of the sunshine getting through branches.

Besides that the restaurant is completely equipped with subjects of author's design of a workshop RYNTOVT DESIGN. All furniture are created from natural materials especially for this project. The space divides into different planes. It’s unroll in front of a visitor, carrying him away to different zones, attracting by accents. For example, the sofa bursed into an aperture on other level as a branch of a tree in a garden window.

All levels are open, naturally flow one in another. By the way there are tasks solved with humour and the imagination. For example, the man's bathroom is presented like a tree’s trunk with " lattices-roots " and with the top going to overlapping, and water flows down along the trunk.

Also the photos of spring trees applied to soft partitions and curtains vibrate on the ventilated air, literally wave from a wind breath. The deceptive simplicity sates with meanings and details. Light and cozy space without excesses made "April cafe" one of the most popular restaurants in the city.

Spacial structure: the restaurant was disposed on three levels, all open for public viewing as a single space. The lower level was equipped with a stage for public speeches and music performances. The ground or the middle level was where the main entrance and cloakroom were situated. The upper level had a conference room, a bar, and two restaurant halls.

Graphic design: photographic images of spring trees printed and applied on

walls, curtains, textile and glass screens.

Object design: the restaurant was furnished entirely with custom pieces by

Yuriy Ryntovt made of natural materials especially for the project.