Arkhé is a bar and dining room that responds to the ritual of cooking over fire through the ephemeral nature of time and decay with an acknowledgment of the beauty in everyday life. Time-worn objects and natural materials are the key to attaining balance.
The Hospitality Design category was incredibly impressive and hard to judge as a result, but the jury unanimously agreed Arkhé is the front runner. This project strikingly manages a complex series of spaces through an extraordinary use of materiality and light without trying too hard. It is truly unique and well designed, with a restrained palette that highlights an exceptional handling of texture and a balanced composition.
The designers had one very strong concept and ran with it all the way, which is extremely rare and in no way gimmicky. Materials, in particular, have been understood and cleverly applied and the spaces are calm and well connected. The highly experiential nature of moving through the interior makes for a gutsy, powerful project.