İzz cafe and restaurant by Uğur Köse
and Batu Palmer



Turkish architects Uğur Köse and Batu Palmer have designed a tapas restaurant inspired by ocean currents in Istanbul, Turkey,


Located in a historic building, the renovation involved hiding mechanical elements and pipes behind a wooden shell, shaped to resemble waves.


Here's some text from the designer:


İzz Cafe&Restaurant, being faithful to a historic building and still creating a contemporary space, was created with the leadership of Interior architects Ugur Köse and Batu Palmer.


The interior design aims to bring together the collaboration of artists and designers from various disciplines with gastronomy, and therefore popularizing the design culture.


Embracing the historical theme of the building in which Izz Cafe&Restaurant is situated in, the same way as Damien Hirst treats the space for his dissection upon animals, it was created as a new, contemporary and original space. Considering it as a whole but still working on the finer details of the space with full attention, Izz Café&Restaurant turned out to be distinctive space.


Connecting to the district in which it is located in by an organic bond, using the elements of the area in which it is located in, also know as “Akıntı Burnu” (Peninsula of Currents), the effects of these currents in the form of waves has been used with in the space.


The dynamic and ever changing character of the sea, being used as the inspiration, makes İzz Cafe&Restaurant a dynamic space.


Posted on Wednesday August 5th 2009 at 12:03 am by Zaynab D. Ziari. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Boo

    Looks like a nice space: too bad they made the reference to Damien Hirst in the text.

  • maria

    I don’t know how it would look filled with people, but just kile that, looks pretty cold to me..

  • yo

    ….or maybe not cold enough. interesting ceiling but, my god, those furnitures with “granmas flowers” on top?!?
    if they told me the pictures were taken in 1995, it would make sense…

  • Timothy Thompson

    What is the address of the İzz Cafe&Restaurant? What is the historic building in which it is located in Istanbul?

  • suret araf

    The İzz Cafe&Restaurant is located at the shore of Arnavutköy, in an old building. Though i am not aware of the historic significance of it. Full address is; 1. Cadde No: 4 Arnavutköy.
    I also find the interior design cold and irrelevant. Also i can not figure any relevance with the Damien Hearst reference.

  • MrCoolTeapot

    I don’t think this design solution serves the intended purpose fully. It is a novel way to cover the mechanicals but not a true representation of a “wave”.

    A better description might be “…in the form of curves”

    Curves may be uniform in one dimension or another, as in this case, but waves are not uniform, they fluccuate. (They cresendo and diminish, in other words.)
    For this application to be a true “wave” form it should rise at some point and fall at some point. (Though that could be slightly unsettling through the course of a meal with appropriate wine choices.)

    A “wave” soultion it is not, a nice, soothing “curvy” solution it is.

  • joushua

    reference to damien hirst explained:

    the shark was caught off the shore in bosphorous in front of this cafe hence the ceiling purlins are a reference to shark skeleton,
    Hirst is also a common used phrase in turkish:

    Hirst Lan!!

  • Zabel

    I don’t see the ocean currents, but whatever launch pad you need for conception… it’s a cool design. In both senses. I really like it, but think I would have introduced some warm colors, maybe in the furniture?

    Either way, great design.

  • Bryce

    While the orginiality is certainly questionable, the design seems to be executed well.

  • Such a nice place in Istanbul, have to be gone… thanks dezeen!