More than 55,000 meters of rope length makes up MEEN Restaurant's dramatic ceiling.
MEEN Restaurant is located by the ocean in the northern part of Pattaya. MEEN is surrounded by the natural landscape and traditional fishing village. Inspiration taken directly from the village and fruitful nature influenced the restaurant's architecture and interior.
A U N Design Studio chose rope to reflect the fishing community and local respects. Apply tying and knotting methods of the rope along the ceiling’s structural elements to enhance three-dimensional effects as if it lives the underneath of the boat. Ropes do not seem to have values to people in general. (But) Ropes are every fisherman’s tool and all need them. As materials, they are available everywhere and easy to find. The intricate hand-crafted rope ornamentation on the ceiling adds a deeper level of context integration and overall design touch.
With a full of natural resources, planning seats, table arrangements, and serving counters are cleverly allocated. Counters are set in the middle of the restaurant to free up the perimeter area for seating plan to expose 360° view. Each seat and table has different views ranging from beach scene on one side to Bodhi tree atmosphere, and pool area on the other.
A U N handpicks recycle teak and shape it into serving counters. Then, translate the boat’s keel and rip frame elements into a structural language of counters to store and shelf-in bowls and plates. We complete floor materials with terrazzo as natural grounds that ultimately tie architecture, interiors, and natural elements as one.
Overall, MEEN weaves the sense of local dwellers and brings back the feelings to complete a peaceful. MEEN reveals the hidden gem for clienteles to relax with nature, surprisingly still remaining in the land of the busy life beachfront of Pattaya.