An award-winning restaurant located in the Singapore National Art Gallery, home to the nation’s art collection.
Odette, crowned the best restaurant in Asia in the 50 Best Restaurants awards 2019, is a French fine dining destination whose name honours chef Julien Royer’s grandmother and muse.
As the restaurant is housed in the National Gallery, we designed the space to be an art piece in itself, approaching it with a mind to honouring the integrity of Royer’s dishes, which are delicate, refined and elegant. This celebration of craft is demonstrated through the use of natural, raw elements presented in a soft colour palette of natural timber and pink terrazzo marble, with nickel and brass accents. The use of natural light and a bright palette offered a welcome departure from more traditional fine dining restaurants, where darker, heavier tones are often found.
In a continuation of this take on Royer’s craft, we fronted the kitchen with glass doors, allowing diners to see the chefs preparing meals. And in a collaboration with Singaporean artist Dawn Ng, we created an aerial installation that magnifies then deconstructs imagery of Royer’s work into abstractions to highlight the textures, colours and beauty of his ingredients. These images were transferred onto materials like oak, polyfoam, brass and paper, shaped and folded into sculpture, then balanced as a surreal sea of abstract, floating shapes swept into flight.
Given the historic location inside the National Gallery, a colonial-era, classical building, formerly the Supreme Court House of Singapore, we sought to respect the context by referencing the gallery’s original Corinthian columns with faceted columns, and the striking floor of the gallery lobby through the use of Palladiana marble in the restaurant.
Dignified and luxurious, but also modern and fresh, the restaurant is a highly successful evocation of Julien Royer’s food and style.