‘Tulum’ Jungle Rooftop Restaurant by Loop Design Studio
Tulum Jungle Rooftop is an experimental paradox in the brutalist context of Chandigarh. Design by Loop Design Studio is a rooftop restaurant that offers panoramic views of the city skyline.
Drawing its inspiration from the Mexican getaway destination by the same name, Tulum is curated as a superfluous, green, and vernacular oasis. The design reflects a natural and earthy undertone that comes together in a systematic fashion using natural stone, bamboo, terrazzo, wood, cane, plaster, and greens.
The story starts unfolding from the entrance atrium adorned by bamboo wainscotting and ethnic abstract ornamentation. A shower of cane light fixtures from the ceiling creates a surreal vibe as one moves closer to the restaurant. The entrance axis is a sensory and experiential bliss that comprises a water cascade and a bamboo arched passage that frames and encompasses the view.
The narrow bamboo gateway opens up into a cozy and dynamic seating area. The dreamy setup consists of freestanding cane umbrella structures supported on actual tree trunks that create a semi-permeable superstructure above. The envelope is an architectural and aesthetic injection to the space and fulfills its function as a shading device to cut down the sun.
The curvilinear walls warp the rigidity and create a free-flowing volume where surfaces transform themselves into niches and benches. The corner radiates its own energy yet comes together in a fluid fashion with the rest of the space. Tulum is an ode to nature and the vernacular with an aim to create a different eating experience for the people of the city.
Project: ‘Tulum’ Jungle Rooftop Restaurant
Design House: Loop Design Studio
Lead Architects: Ar. Suvrita Bhardwaj, Ar. Nikhil Pratap Singh
Photography: Purnesh Dev Nikhanj