Referencing the local modern architectural movement, The V-Shaped Column is articulated as a key design element within the wine appreciation premise, as part of trying to retain the residential essence of the place, the building structure has been maintained as much as possible.
The Cabinè Restaurant is more than just a small compartment for a given purpose dominated by high rise office towers and upper-class condominiums in the heart of Boeung Keng Kang 1.
As part of trying to retain the residential essence of the place, the building structure has been maintained as much as possible. The V-shape column, referencing the local modern architectural movement is articulated as a key design element within the wine appreciation premise. The interior design elements consist of reinterpreted wooden shelves, drawers, and contemporary-classic motif iron screens enveloping each program space, forming nostalgic cues to their domesticated origins. Similar to the low ceiling level of older houses built in the same era, the ground floor retains this characteristic in order to have a cozier volume.
The cabinet functions as a partition between the wine appreciation area and the restaurant, appears to float effortlessly with a sense of space and lightness, folding and wrapping around the existing stairs breaking only provide a hint of the connection between the ground level and the space beyond.
Taking the stairs up, guests arrive at a vestibule on the first floor, enveloped by a contemporary-classic motif iron screen that is inspired by the Khmer balustrade of traditional houses. The metallic sheen of the wallpaper behind timber fins above the bar counter references moments of looking out onto the burgundy sunset skies through clerestory windows. The supple leather and fine fabrics lend towards a sense of familial embrace.
The interior atmosphere is inspired by the idea of the house as a sanctuary for escaping from the busy urban streets. These lines and screens offset to signify the entrance of the bistro and the wine appreciation premise in addition to acting as a brise soleil that form dramatic ephemeral shadows dancing over the façade, flooring and interior spaces.
Exploring from ground to the first floor, the scale of the spaces is crafted to emulate domesticated proportions and provide comforting gradation levels of intimacy amongst the guests. Warm hues are expressed with the use of stained natural timber wall cladding and variegated stone-effect floor finishes.
The combination of contemporary furniture and accent lighting accentuate the playfulness yet luxurious and exclusive ambience of the Cabinè, a place to savor fine Asian fusion cuisine.