Novum Design Award
Interior Design Category
Horto is a restaurant located at southern Taiwan, embraced by the abundant natural resources of the area. The concept of the indoor garden interweaving both interior and exterior plants create a harmonious environment. Horto pursuit for design is stripping down the roughness feeling but not to disturb the site’s existing plants, which imbues it with an embrace with nature and sense of rebirth, giving the guests the impression of welcome enfolding.
The horizontal wooden slats interchange between darkness and clear glass on the ceiling, and the design also creates an optical effect that gives the impression of movement as you walk through the space. The folding patio windows are composed of stainless steel frame joining with gliding track possessing double glass windows due to the extreme weather. Locally sourced wood is chosen not just because of the humidity, salinity and strong sunlight in the restaurant, but also for its sumptuous warmth and organic richness that elegantly relate to the tropical surrounding outside. Horto is designed with an emphasis on natural materials and hand-crated furnishings. It is both an outdoor and indoor eatery underpinned by ecologic sensibility.
DESIGN SCORE: /100
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