Sage Restaurant: Industrial Chic in Berlin by

Issue 18 · Beyond Bauhaus · May 4, 2012

Sage Restaurant: Industrial Chic in Berlin

Issue 18 · Beyond Bauhaus · May 4, 2012

Sage Restaurant in Berlin, located in a former silk factory on the banks of the river Spree, features a raw industrial aesthetic and sky-high ceilings more commonly seen in the area’s techno clubs; in warmer months, the scene spills onto the river bank beach.

Located in Kreuzberg, an area that comes alive at night, Sage Restaurant by Drewes+Strenge Architekten BDA (a firm with offices in Germany and San Francisco) has a space for every occasion, depending on what your mood is on any particular evening. The firm’s partners, Frank Drewes and Martin Strenge (Drewes has a California pedigree which includes a Masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley and work stints with Mark Mack and Stanley Saitowitz), used a restrained palette of colors and textures with systematic precision, allowing them to demarcate the differences in areas while maintaining a sense of unified drama.

Photography by Diephoto Designer.

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Above: The lighting has been integrated into thin black steel tracks and the indirect lighting highlights the brick vault" ceiling. Original arches frame shelves of bottles, giving them a jewel like appearance, and the chain which holds up the long table is used to adjust the height of the table in order to accommodate either seated dining or casual bar food.

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Above: The brick in the less formal areas retains its original color offering a more rustic feel. The architects used a series of open metal frames which set up a spatial rhythm, demarcating zones while preserving transparency.

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Above: A study of the varying textures within a restrained palette of colors.

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Above: A view from the dimly lit and darker smoking area looking back into the the other zones of the Sage Restaurant.

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Above: The restaurant's lighting by Room Division is integral to the overall concept. Light fixture on the sky-high ceilings break down the scale of the vast ceiling in the formal dining room denoted with a warm white palette.

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Above: Large rectangular panels provide scale on the walls as well as sound absorption.

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Above: The exterior of the building, which was once a silk factory, gives an indication of its large scale.

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Above: In the summer, the restaurant has outdoor seating by the urban beach which overlooks the River Spree.



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