Heffrence Teow is the architect responsible for FRAMESCAPE Greenhouse Restaurant, the new spectacular greenhouse restaurant born in Iceland. The passion for catering, the knowledge of agriculture, the desire to create a new and exciting culinary experience: these are the basic elements of Teow's idea.
The diners have the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the production, living a complete experience in contact with nature.
As the architect himself states:
The union of a restaurant with a greenhouse it's an act of celebrating food, especially in places like Iceland where locally grown food is a rarity. It becomes a symbol of appreciation and increases awareness around our consumption. Additionally, integrating the "behind the scenes" food production process as part of the visitor experience - wandering around the farm before reaching their seats - creates an engaging environment by adding context and background to the meal served at their table..
A new idea of catering
The close relationship between farms and restaurants is brought here to its highest levels.
There is no longer a "space of separation" between the two environments, which in the FRAMESCAPE Greenhouse Restaurant become one.
To enhance the diners' experience and create an immersive journey to discover Iceland's natural beauties, Teow has added some special details (see more here ).
By breaking down the structure into several separate rooms, it allows visitors to admire each element of the production, without risking overlapping. From agriculture we move on to catering, passing through a spectacle of different panoramas.
External stimuli are minimized, focusing guests' attention only on specific attractions.
In particular, importance is given to Lake Mývatn, the Hverfjall and the Northern Lights, which color the surroundings.
Just as the farm allows us to better understand the food we eat, the 'reduction' of what surrounds us allows us to better witness the beauty of nature, helping us to increase awareness and gratitude for what we consume. '
The new eco-friendly restaurant greenhouse
The restaurant has a simple rectangular shape, deliberately "bare".
The interior is characterized by the presence of winding paths, which guide individual visitors. There are four main spaces: The Cube (Entrance), The Cone (Multi-purpose space), The Cuboid (Restaurant) and The Tetrahedron (Lounge Bar).
Each area focuses on a specific element, so as to give the whole environment the right importance.
The architect's words, which have accompanied us from the beginning, serve to conclude this interesting journey.
This is his vision of the project, his opinion on the shape chosen for the creation of the FRAMESCAPE restaurant greenhouse.
Instead of replicating the natural environment, the structure complements and highlights its features by adopting basic geometries to eliminate unnecessary attention while serving as a backdrop that frames the views and elevates the immersive atmosphere: a round opening frames the shapeless sky ; a triangular opening dramatizes the mountainous landscape and Hverfjall; a rectangular portal captures the panoramic view of shimmering Lake Mývatn and the distant plain, reflecting it up close.