Alkove-Design creates a surreal garden-style restaurant in Pune
If you’re an outdoorsy person, love nature and want to be surrounded by all things green, then this is the place for you. The Secret Garden which is a taproom in Koregaon Park, Pune is abound with greenery. Large open spaces, plants and artworks give the place a warm and cosy vibe. The outlet designed by Ninada Kashyap and Komal Mittal, principal architects, Alkove-Design, has an area of 6,000-square-feet, and is divided into a bar area, a lounge and an outdoor garden space.
An Element of Mystery
The inspiration behind the interiors of The Secret Garden comes from the children’s book of the same name wherein a hidden garden full of wild flowers and an aura of mystery gives two children an unending love for nature and magic.
“A ‘garden’ brief is not unusual in any designer’s repertoire, but the ‘secret’ part of it is what piqued our interest. We wanted this space to evoke the same quality of joy and wonder that would help every visitor reconnect with the child within them. Every element of the décor was designed to cultivate a dream-like quality that was enigmatic as well as ridden with surprise,” say Kashyap and Mittal.
The Secret Garden is Alkove-Design’s attempt at making an eco-friendly and artistic space that provides an engaging and immersive experience to visitors. Gardens are one of the best examples of the symbiotic relationship that exists between man and nature. This space aims to inspire and instil love for sustainable gardening and the importance of being in harmony with nature.
Focus on Sustainability
With an objective of going green, the design team locally sourced bamboo and cane for the space. The bamboo floor lamps which light the pathways have been made by local artisans. Tokri ceiling lamps and suspended bamboo wind-chime planters add to the rustic-chic vibe. All paintings are the handiwork of local artists; the outdoor area and lounge have been laid with terrazzo flooring, interspersed with green marble pathways running across the space.
White and turquoise are chosen because they blend well with the natural greens. The outdoor area is replete with cosy two-person tables, each with their own bespoke mounted beer and snack holder and comfortable turquoise sofas. The indigenous plumeria bushes festooned with lights resemble fireflies.
The lounge area has four huts made out of woven and patterned choir rope within which are restored log tables and tufted turquoise sofas. This space is separated from the bar with suspended wind-chime planters that render a soft rustling sound with light breeze.
The bar space is accentuated with turf-and-gold details, bamboo lamps and pinewood swings. The windows behind the bar are filled with up-cycled shovel-themed planters, and one of the walls even has vintage garden tools mounted on it. There is a seamless transition from one space to another while each being distinct in their own way.