IM Lab built a restaurant on the site of Roman ruins in Ordezo, Italy.

NYU Restaurant by IM Lab

Roman ruins are part of the experience at this restaurant in Oderzo, Italy by IM Lab.

The London-based designers incorporated the building’s original stone and brickwork into the design of the dining space, giving diners a real sense of the space’s past. A  glazed floor allows a view of the Roman foundations below, while above a series of lighting fins hang in a twisting form over diners’ heads.

Full height metal screens are laser cut with circles of varying sizes; these perforations offer teasing views further into the small restaurant space. The focal point of the restaurant is a Teppanyaki, an iron griddle traditionally used in Japanese cuisine, that makes a performance of cooking and eating.\

Images courtesy IM Lab.