Design: Bar Botanique

WORDS Cheri Morris IMAGES Maarten Willemstein via

The tropical Bar Botanique, designed by Studio Modijefsky in the Netherlands, is located in the Dapperbuurt district of Amsterdam.

This double-height rainforest-inspired space boasts textured green walls and floors dotted with various plant-patterned tiles, living palm trees, assorted philodendron and other jungle-borne gems.

By day, the mobiles and reflective discs hanging from above create dancing patterns on the walls and plants creating a forest-like atmosphere. It is almost as if the very canopy of the forest itself is letting soft rays of light spill through it. By night, the space is dramatised by the elongated jungle-by-night shadows created by strategically placed lights and reflectors.

The narrow, elongated space gives you the feeling that you’re in a greenhouse, as two of its sides are bordered by double-height glazing. The bar hugs the back wall of the room and boasts a complementary mix of sleek marble, metal and glass with ceiling-high, arched bottle racks. All of this is against a fitting background of hexagonal palm-print tiles designed by Swedish design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune.

The lower level offers a more intimate space for dining, with orange-wash walls and low ceilings, while the upper level opts for comfortable, leather booth seating. The lounge area on the mezzanine level defines the two-level restaurant area with a section floored in oak and featuring Topform Holland sofas and armchairs from the 1950s.