Sam Sam Korean Chicken and Beer / Arkim

Sam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - Table, Chair, WindowsSam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - Table, CountertopSam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - Bathroom, Toilet, ShowerSam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - Image 5 of 13Sam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - More Images+ 8

  • Architects: Arkim
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  24
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Photographs
    Photographs:nguyen dang
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  De Fazio Tiles and Stone, Signorino
Sam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - Image 5 of 13
© nguyen dang

Text description provided by the architects. Sam Sam’s interior explores a sense of elegance and modesty with its clean, perpendicular and tiled design that flows continuously around the walls, floors and furniture, forming soft curved surfaces along the corners of the space. Similar to Sam Sam’s menu, its overall scheme, lighting features, and seating layout also gives a contemporary approach to the retro style of the 60s and the architecture of traditional Korean public baths.

Sam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - Table, Chair
© nguyen dang

The aim of this project is to create a new twist on a classic design. Bound into a truly innovative world of contemporary fashion, this concept depicts the blurred boundaries between modern Korean interior style and western architecture language. While driven by the recent trend in Korean architecture of “Modern Minimal Interior Design”, the continuous lines and three-dimensional geometry becomes the main language of the interior space.

Sam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - Bathroom, Toilet, Shower
© nguyen dang

Significantly, the spatial concept also needed to be incorporated with Sam Sam’s branding concept of ‘casual and fun Korean dining’. In doing so, the overall scheme of the project gives a sense of a public bath architecture that is still part of Korean culture today. This then explores the possibility of adapting cultural and traditional architecture into a more contemporary setting.

Proposed Floor Plan
Shopfront Elevation

This small-scale restaurant (17m2 of dining area) is constituted to have more than 12 seats including self-ordering kiosks, a counter and bar area. With this programme, our team played with different types of compositions, configurations and layouts such as elevating the main seating area to create dimensions in a compact space. My team also added a sense of sophistication and uniqueness in the project by embracing the seating style of public baths while curving their edges to emphasize continuity and minimalism.

Sam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - Table, Countertop
© nguyen dang

This idea became one of the challenges the team had to resolve since the tiles used were not made for an unconventional scale and design. The team had to calculate and run through all the tile work in 3d to make all the lines and elements continuous no matter how many corners and level changes there were.

Sam Sam  Korean Chicken and Beer  / Arkim - Table, Chair, Windows
© nguyen dang

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Address:Cnr La Trobe St &, Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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Cite: "Sam Sam Korean Chicken and Beer / Arkim" 26 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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