sawadeesign has built the YAM restaurant in da lat city, vietnam, connecting its different functions with a burnt orange metal bridge that cuts across an open garden at the center of the plot. situated on an area of 400 sqm, in the middle of an up-and-coming vibrant neighborhood, the project has been completely separated from the bustling main road with high walls built from charred pine wood. past the walls, visitors are met with the landscaped garden and the metal bridge, which takes them from the main entrance, to the reception hall, and the upper floor of the indoor space.
all images by quang dam
by placing the open garden in the middle of the 400 sqm plot, sawadeesign has created an urban oasis amidst the bustling atmosphere of the da lat city neighborhood. the vietnamese architecture studio has divided the restaurant into two halves of interior and exterior areas, with the idea of creating a spatial contrast between the two. the entire outside area serves as a landscaped garden, complete with seating areas and an open bar. at the same time, the burnt orange metal bridge forms the centerpiece of this zone, acting as a connecting element that guides visitors through the different layers of the space while offering different visual perspectives of it.
at the top, the bridge takes visitors into the upper floor of the building, where an open terrace with seating and an indoor dining space are located. inside, the restaurant incorporates a much softer character, where the use of natural wood and light hues create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. the contrast between the two zones – interior and exterior – which is enhanced by the material selection, offers a new experience of visitors of the restaurant.
name: YAM restaurant
architect in charge: doan si nguyen and vo thanh phat
location: da lat, vietnam
total floor area: 400 m2
sofia lekka angelopoulou I designboom
feb 14, 2020