Tin Tin Restaurant / RENESA Architecture Design Interiors Studio
Text description provided by the architects. An undisputed cauldron of minimalism and indigenous materiality brews design identity at Tin Tin, a pan-Asian restaurant in the heart of bustling Chandigarh, Punjab – India. The space plunges unashamedly into the realm of pure experimental design, a momentum which is also reflected in the cohesion of the gastronomic offer of the place.
With unconventionality at the helm of space efforts at Tin Tin the overall intent was matched by creating an immersive medium that engages the senses of vision and tactility with renewed verve. The ethos focused on creating a sense of ‘Zen’ while conceptualizing it in the guise of glocal sensibilities that ingeniously borrow from Indian materiality. The attention to detail took on new meaning as the space came to life, satiating the refined design vision nurtured by the foodie destination’s well-traveled co-founding duo.
Tin Tin’s the spatial tapestry is one that attracts its patron, an experience driven almost purely by a sense of mystery and curiosity. The plan meanders and creates a convoluted trajectory in the expanse of the place. The absence of rigid linear forms inherently creates nooks and intimate interstitial spaces that can welcome the end user into an engaging embrace. Seamless design features seem to claim the entire space, ensuring that each area seems to coincidentally belong to the larger canvas of the place.
A mixture of wide arches, streamlined ceilings and a juxtaposition amidst solid and empty structures dot the layout – these focal nodes and views transforming when the eye is allowed to enter the space, only to reveal that not to sights in the internal volume can be identical. Craftsmanship reigns supreme at Tin Tin, an attribute that envelops the space and stands as the standard-bearer of its famous idiosyncrasy. A geometric mosaic matrix resides within the spaces, a permanent resident that affects walls, portals and various surface finishes to instill a sense of visual dynamism.
The almost minimalist cave feel of Tin Tin is derived from the dotted look of cast-in-place shards of Indian stone and terrazzo that have been painstakingly laid by hand over six months by a brigade of stonemasons and casters. Deep shades of jade, umber brown, veined white and greige stain the spaces to create pockets of hue through the bare montage. The bespoke furniture selected for the restaurant also revels in this dominating hue scheme, submitting to curvilinear silhouettes that fit into the space organically.
With its contiguous form, the restaurant offers its customers interior nooks and semi-alfresco lounge spaces to dine while conversing with the sensory environment. The various dining areas establish an array of experiences, from stand-alone high tables to snaking community tables. This allows the venue to transform from a fancy dining space in the daytime to a high-energy lounge at dusk. Tin Tin’s spatial ideology sways amid ingrained intimacy and the electric energy of communal dining seamlessly with its maze-like zoning that evokes a tangible ambiance steeped in mystique.
Tin Tin allows the notion of the banal to be suspended with complete abandon. Its design narrative invites celebration of its unique personality, breaking the limiting ties of prosaic living and hospitality experiences. The place precariously permeates the porous boundaries between novelty and experiential restoration, highlighting inventive practices that deeply explore Indian materiality and craftsmanship.