The second establishment of the SOHO franchise bistro is located within the shopping store Aupark in Bratislava, Slovakia. The interior space, formerly an Irish restaurant, had a rustic design. Located on the third floor, which serves to gastro, the restaurant is surrounded by mostly fast-food culture.
However, the concept of SOHO offers a different atmosphere, that of the slow dining experience. Therefore, a black cladded wall was introduced to the space to visually separate the interior from the surrounding fast-pace environment. While the separation creates a hard boundary, the interior of the SOHO restaurant is still observable from the outside through the wall’s perforations. The bold but pure visual concept for the design of SOHO contrasts strongly with the stylised look of the neighbouring businesses. The core motif of the interior design is the play with the tectonic wall, the materialisation of which changes with each realisation of the SOHO franchise. The kitchen, confined in a box, is cladded with corrugated perforated metal sheets, evocative of the food truck dining culture. The wave profile of the corrugated sheet is reproduced in the solid mould of the concrete finish of the bar.
The glossy aluminium cladding contrasts with the warm beech parquet flooring. The furnishing is also of beech plywood, uniform and minimal in design. The ceiling structure and the fixtures are exposed and visually unified by a black layer of coat. The interior of the restaurant gains plenty of natural light through the glazed wall oriented towards the sun deck. The intimate evening atmosphere is established by lights fixtures above the individual dining tables, and the festoon lights adding an ambient warm glow.