Project Details

The Birds Nest Secret is an Asian specialty dessert house situated in the bustling Icon City of Bukit Mertajam in Mainland Penang. The team was first approached by the client who wished to build a modern and elegant dessert restaurant that serves premium Bird’s nest dessert.

The challenge then began to create a classy venue where people can enjoy a palatable dessert and casual chat at the same time. With the Bird’s nest delicacy in mind, the idea of creating a metaphorical bird’s nest that provides privacy and comfort for its patrons was conceptualised.

A collection of seating pods (open, semi-open and fully-enclosed options) become the central feature of the restaurant, with different design variations of seating pods to accommodate individual customer preferences. The vibrant structure and colour of each seating pod creates uniformity across the restaurant’s ground and mezzanine levels, while at the same time, makes the restaurant ambiance more interesting, quirky and fun.

In maximising the use of space, the mezzanine level was extended to provide for more seating areas and enhance space integration within the void spaces, with the rear part designed to cater for events and functions. A staircase link was also added between the two levels near the entrance to circulate the flow of traffic.

As a bird’s nest restaurant, the choice of material was narrowed down to light timber with stone finishing for a symbolic representation of nature as the main element. Strips of timber were used to create the organic seating pods, railing and exterior facade.

Lastly, a floor-to-ceiling green wall merchant display was erected to bring in nature and complement the overall concept. Completed in 2017, the Birds Nest Secret is indeed a place where traditional Asian delicacies meet modern contemporary vibe.

Chaos Design Team:

Charles Khor, Serena Foo & Vivian Khor

Photography

CDS