Humans Restaurant — Moscow, Russia
On paper, Humans’ self-described ‘underwater experience’ sounds a touch gimmicky. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth for the Moscow restaurant, where dining is shaped (but not overwhelmed by) a maritime concept. The space sees a brooding, alternative oceanic realm come to life at the hands of Russian designer Yuna Megre.
Located in the up-and-coming Patriarshiye Ponds, the space welcomes guests with multi-layered waves of textured grey mesh; a conspicuous and wholly original tribute to the sea, defined by undulating surges that drift along both the ceilings and walls. The theme continues at the tables, which feature an aquatic inlay designed by Megre to present the illusion of flowing water, while a three-metre-long oyster bar and an unmissable aquarium neatly buttress a space otherwise filled with velvet upholstered banquettes and living walls.
The motif also extends to the menu, which uses a seafood-heavy ingredient list to pull together a blend of both Mediterranean dishes and Russian specialties, while the brave can select their own molluscs, crab and lobster from the tank. A sea of change for themed restaurants. §