One of the world’s most renowned restaurants, Noma, has got itself a brand new home. Designed by the equally renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the Danish eatery left its old home in the Strandgade neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, to the city’s controversial Christiania area.
Run by chef René Redzepi, Noma has established itself as one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the world since opening in 2003. But despite having two Michelin Stars, Noma closed for a year in 2017 for a relocation. It opened its new Refshalevej location in February 2018 but only now have images from the inside been released.
The new Noma (called Noma 2.0 by BIG) was refurbished in a former warehouse that was once used by the Royal Danish Navy, and has been re-styled with a suitably Scandi-chic interior for avant-garde takes on Nordic cuisine.
Comprising of 11 spaces in total, the waterfront restaurant features a newly built kitchen positioned at the centre, with a group of seven free-standing structures surrounding it – each of which assigned a specific purpose such as arrival and wine selection. There’s even a herb garden, a bakery, fermentation labs, fish tanks and an ant farm.
Each building is connected by glass covered paths for chefs and guests to follow the changes in weather, daylight and seasons. Being Scandinavian, naturally wood plays a big role in the interior too with exposed wooden beams, oak chairs and tables, and stacked timber planks dominating the space.
While the design of the new Noma is interesting in itself, the location of it may be even more so. Often referred to as Copenhagen’s ‘Hippie Town,’ Christiania is a former military base that was colonised by squatters in the 70s to become an almost lawless Freetown where drugs were available at street stalls. Nowadays, the area is more open with high-end restaurants sitting next to hippy settlements.
Noma is now taking bookings over at their Website.
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