Einstein & Associates / La Fusion

Located in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia and completed in 2016. This 435 square meter restaurant infused with a French art deco visual style into a modern tropical local haven was designed by Einstein & Associates.

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La Fusion by Einstein & Associates

“Located on the banks of the Siak River, which drains into the Strait of Malacca, Pekanbaru, has direct access to the busy strait and is long known as a tropical trading port. The strategic location easily made Pekanbaru into a busy trading city, hence the name “pekan”, which is the Indonesian word for “market”, and “baru” which is the Indonesian word for “new”, altogether a “new market”. The market is so busy, resulting inhigh migration number from many different ethnicities.

DESIGN CONCEPT
Fascinated by Pekanbaru’s location and condition as a city, La Fusion is born. A fusion restaurant that combines french and asian food. The idea behind this restaurant is to blend two different cultures, tropical Asia with contemporary Europe, to form a beautiful modern piece of architecture and interior work that also perfectly embodies Pekanbaru as a trading city. The designer infused a French art deco visual style into the design, making it a modern tropical local haven with art deco touch, consistent with the whole fusion idea of the restaurant. There are two important key points from the design that the designer wants to convey, the first one is the fusion on every aspect of the restaurant, be it the food, the materials or the building and its natural environment. The second one is to emphasize Pekanbaru’s attractive aspects like its nature and weather, its exposure to the outside world as a trading port and last but not least its openness to many different ethnicities.

As a tropical city rich with exotic and unique materials that distinguishes Pekanbaru from the rest, it is only logical that the designer decided to use local materials like local wood and natural stones.Art deco visual style is used to be the glue that holds local materials and modern tropical design elements together and symbolizes the contemporary European style, considering that Art Deco is a style known for its elegance and functionality but still very chic. Different shades of colors creating an exquisite soft gradationand striking metallic elements, are the two components the designer used in the design of La Fusion. Strong lines, bright colors, glossy materials and geometrical shapes are not a strange scene in this restaurant. All the elements simply scream to be noticed by people who walk past it.

The fusion of modern tropical style and art deco visual style can be seen from the use of uniformed and geometrical shapes, the color blue, art deco styled doors and windows, the chevron wooden floor, the black and white woven pattern on the dining chair, gold filmed glass and mirrors combined with the local wood and natural stones. In a mission to break the barriers between the indoor, outdoor area and the beautiful nature of Pekanbaru, the designer deliberately placed plants like big trees and floral murals, used the color blue symbolizing the bright sky as the dominant color, painted ceilings with floral themed images, a lot of openings, a skylight, stunning floral mosaic tiles as an accent of the restaurant and not to forget using the architectural element, such as a thin and floating roof.”

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Photos courtesy of Einstein & Associates.