Transit Studio have recently completed a new restaurant and bar within EartH, Dalston’s newest music and arts venue (Evolutionary Arts Hackney). EartH Kitchen is an all day dining experience, within the former lobby space of the cinema.

The brief was to create a space that would evolve from day to night, from a neighbourhood hangout by day to a delicious food offering across lunch and dinner, with linkage into pre and post show events tied to the two venues within the building.

The idea was to create an inviting space on the first floor, with a light and bright interior. As we peeled back the layers, we discovered how grand a space the original lobby had been, although none of the period detail survived. The main dividing wall between the restaurant and the lounge has been removed entirely, leaving the existing structure of the shell visible with the exposed beams, and allowing light to flood into the restaurant from the front of the building. Across the open plan space, the layout has been divided into separate zones, split by the central bar, with each area feeling cozy and intimate.

The centre of the restaurant is defined by the bar and a custom feature light. The light was designed as three dimensional abstraction of a sequence of frozen music, captured in space, offering a dynamic experience as visitors move around the EartH Kitchen.

The raised level (which had been the double height entrance lobby originally) is an intimate restaurant space by day, that evolves by night. The ceiling in the raised area went up by almost two metres, with light flooding the space through the new feature window. Custom deco inspired contemporary wall lights surround the restaurant. Japanese denim has been used across the banquettes to give a relaxed and unpretentious aesthetic, with formica tables in complementary colours across the room. All photos by Luke Hayes.

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