- A restaurant with exotic flair, Indochine at Ingolstadt Village
In 2018, the architect Jürgen Haller - and his German-based studio - was commissioned to convert two boutiques into an Asian Fusion restaurant, called Indochine. It all needed to be of the same high design standards as the outlet, and at the same time respond to the desires of the Vietnamese clients who already owned the first Vietnamese restaurant in Munich, after arriving there many years ago as boat people. This term was, in fact, originally used to describe the refugees who escaped from Vietnam on any form of water vessel at the end of the Vietnam war in 1975.
For the interior design, Jürgen Haller and his team used the terraced rice paddies of Vietnam as the leitmotif of their project. Combining that concept with ornaments from the Far East and characteristic surfaces of Vietnam, they created an internal structure of different levels and viewpoints. This gives diners a new spatial experience every time they visit, rewarding their imagination. Some of the architectural solutions used include decorated concrete tiles that are a nod to the French colonial period and coloured street lamps, arranged in clusters, typical of South East Asia. Magnolias in oversized vases underscore the Asian atmosphere, as do the materials selected for the décor - teak coloured wood, soft, velveteen fabrics and bamboo mats, matched with brass-coloured metal frames on ceilings and handrails, easy to see in the photos taken by Ken Schluchtmann, including the explorable 3D overview. While all the plant engineering required to operate the venue has been elegantly concealed thanks to cutting-edge technological and design solutions.
Visitors who pop into the Indochine restaurant for a break from their shopping experience will also enjoy a “feast for the eyes”, in a visual and culinary journey to another culture. And it has been so successful at creating this experience, that the restaurant designed by Haller attracts diners from all over the region, not just visitors to Ingolstadt Village.
Project: Architekturbüro Haller
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Images: Ken Schluchtmann - diephotodesigner.de