he growing restaurant scene in Bengaluru has led to a plethora of eating options that are diverse not only with their food offerings, but also in terms of decor. The Open Box is one such casual dining space, where the food and decor together create an enchanting dining experience.
The Open Box is the brainchild of Amit Ahuja, Managing Partner, AA Hospitality LLP, who was keen on having a space that would be open all day. He says, “When we started working on the design of this restaurant, we were clear that we wanted a space creative in design without intimidating its patrons.” The restaurant is built on the terrace of a four-storey commercial building in the Central Business District of Bengaluru and spreads across 4,500 sq. ft. area. “The idea, in adherence with the client’s brief, was to create a space that could become a social hub and accommodate various activities relevant to its location, context and time. This had to be done in a fairly low budget keeping in mind the overall sustainability aspect. Various zones were created to allow different activities separated with screens of varying porosities and unique style of seating,” says Anshul Chodha, Principal Architect, Sanctuary Architects and Designers. This is why you will see a quirky mix of furniture from suspended cocoon-like swings, coffee tables made of vessels and tables suspended with pulleys and hooks that are movable to cater for different activities. The design team made a conscious effort to up-cycle and re-use elements like doors that existed in the earlier restaurant and also use local, light-weight, economical and easy-to-install materials.