A few weeks ago, I was eating out in New York at the Fatty Crab – playing with your food makes it taste so much better. The food was awesome, the company was fun, but I could barely hear a thing that was being said. When I saw the design for the Cave Restaurant on Contemporist, I was grateful to not be alone in my concern. The beautiful, organic wood arcs remind me of the inside of a ship but with the added benefit of creating sound isolation for diners.
Description from the architects:
We aim to change the way we eat and chat in restaurants. The acoustic quality of restaurants contributes to the comfort and enjoyment of a dining experience.
We have experimented with noise levels in relation to the comfort of dining and the ambiance a cave like environment can create. The timber profiles generate a sound studio atmosphere, and a pleasant ‘noise’ of dining conversation, offering a more intimate experience as well as a visually interesting and complex surrounding.
The series of acoustic curvatures were tested and developed with computer modeling and each ‘timber grain’ profile has been translated and cut from computer-generated 3-D data, using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology.