Project by: Studio Piet Boon
Place: Amsterdam, Netherland Photographer: Jet van Fastenhout
Publications: The secret garden blog
Situated in the stately Frankendael Park lies restaurant De Kas; an old municipal nursery greenhouse transformed into a fine dining experience with annex nursery where local produce and the enjoyment of honest fresh food is key. Appointed by renowned former Michelin-star chef Gert-Jan Hageman in 2001 to help him realize his dream of a glasshouse restaurant that evolves around its own farmland, we set out to create a contemporary restaurant design that would rebuild and restore an old municipal nursery greenhouse back to its former glory and give it new purpose.
Keeping with Gert-Jan’s deep rooted passion for local produce and honest fresh food, we chose to work with natural materials, clean lines, position an open kitchen in the heart of the glass embraced restaurant and incorporate an annex nursery in the interior design. In doing so we were able to connect to the buildings original purpose, restore its beauty and at the same time create a contemporary atmosphere in which guests can experience the chef’s passion for fresh ingredients everywhere they turn.
The quiet furniture set up and variation in seating arrangements provide De Kas with a subtle dynamic. In addition to connect the interior design to the restaurants surroundings and exterior design, we opted to create a large terrace to function as an extension of the restaurant and entice guests to explore the gardens as well as visitors passing by to enter De Kas.