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STK Restaurant, Prague

Spontaneity, raw materials, pristine nature and above all – meat. The best steaks in the City of Olomouc. Ten years back, you would come here to have your vehicle inspection certificate stamped. Entering the place, you would be covering your ears from the roaring car engines, watching the mechanics check the clutches and brakes. As the shift ended and the chaps clocked out to leave for home all hungry, they might have been dreaming about one kind of meal. The juicy steak they would eat from a solid wood table on raw steel legs. A clash of untamed force and nature. That’s the core of Steak Restaurant’s (STK) interior, started up at a former car repair shop, which gave the steakhouse its name.
STK emphasises simplicity and quality both in food and interior. Instead of trying to deny and erase its greasy automobile heritage, the place embraces it. The 320 square metres of the restaurant authentically engage individual elements of their past. It is evident from the materials that include raw metal sheets, black steel or rebars. We even turned seemingly problematic layout into an advantage, transforming bearing walls of narrow spaces into a vertical garden and a platform for barbecue.
Dominating the space are two huge steel bulls – an owner’s wish and a clear message to the guests as for the type of cuisine they should expect. In STK, heavy elements create a symbiosis with nature. Willow branches twine around the tables and walls, climbing up the ceiling and over the bulls’ heads. Formed by rough, solid wood oak boards, the tables have broken-like, irregularly shaped steel legs. Here and there, plants have sprung up from the ceiling and walls, changing the interior’s look with each new leaf. Cowhide covering one of the walls and rope weaves complete the signature style of the steakhouse.

Credits

Autors
Komplits; Pavel Kříž

Year of completion
2019

Location
Prague, Czech Republic

Total area
320 m2

Photos
BoysPlayNice; Jakub Skokan and Martin Tůma

Project Partners

Vitra, U1 Lightning

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