14 Jan 2021 • Hospitality
The latest venture for the hospitality masterminds behind Noma? A space for burgers
The acclaimed Copenhagen restaurant has extended its reach with POPL, a Spacon & X-designed space with a menu that widens the ‘culinary horizons’ of the humble hamburger.
Restaurants have been shuttered in Denmark since mid-December but fans of the Michelin-starred fine-dining destination Noma will have a more casual haunt to frequent when COVID-19 restrictions loosen. POPL, a new burger spot in Copenhagen’s Christianshavn neighbourhood, was born from a summer pop-up held by the restaurateurs. Located in a former warehouse, the 500-sq-m space is a composition of industrial elements and natural materials and textures. ‘We have always admired Noma’s approach to its products – from the individual ingredients to the holistic experience, each element demonstrates great attention to detail,’ says Malene Hvidt, architect and partner at Spacon & X. ‘This is also how we approached the design for POPL – and the design of the custom-made furniture in the space.’
That furniture – comprising chairs, stools, coat hangers and numerous tables in brown core ash wood – came to be by way of a collaboration with German interior brand e15. The collection gives way to dynamic, flexible (and distanced) eating arrangements, which nod to the atmosphere of quintessential American diners. Natural touches include an overhead ‘plant bridge’ incorporated into the interior’s original concrete structure and acoustic panels lined with dried, compressed meadow flowers.