Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa

Renesa creates whimsical interiors for Unlocked board game bar

Ancient sundials and puzzling video games informed the interiors of this restaurant and bar southwest of New Delhi, designed by architecture studio Renesa.

Unlocked is a bar and kitchen in the city of Gurugram that includes its own adventure-themed escape room and a selection of over 100 board games.

Featuring bold hues and geometric forms, the venue has been designed by locally-based studio Renesa to "instantly transport [visitors] to an uncertain realm".

"The concept was to manipulate the space in order to create multiple pockets that arise from an array of lines and shapes," added the studio.

Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa

To achieve this other-worldly aesthetic, the studio looked to Jantar Mantars – huge masonry sundials erected by ruler Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century.

Located in New Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi, the structures feature ornamental staircases and curvaceous walls punctuated by arched windows.

Monument Valley also became a point of reference, a colourful video game that sees players lead protagonist character Princess Ida through a maze of optical illusions to reach higher levels.

Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa

The restaurant, in turn, features a series of teal-blue or peach-coloured partitions punctuated with vaulted openings. They lead through to dining rooms that have been completed with square black tables and tan-leather seating banquettes.

Some of the walls have semicircular cut-outs that look through to small nooks dressed with wood-framed chairs and stools where guests can sit and play games.

Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa

Raised stencils with stair-like outlines have been applied to the walls and backlit to seem more three-dimensional.

A feature wall with rows of gabled or arch niches has also been created at the centre of the venue.

Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa

While most of the floor has been covered with concrete, some parts have been inlaid with slanting patches of brown, orange and sky-blue ceramic tiles.

The overall colour scheme is completed by bronze, cone-shaped pendant lamps that have been suspended from the ceiling.

Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa

Renesa was established in 2006 and is headed up by architect Sanjay Arora. It isn't the only studio to create illusory interiors – earlier this year Studio 10 developed an MC Escher-inspired guesthouse in Guilin, China which boasts anti-gravitational staircases and cotton candy-hued surfaces.

Photography is by Niveditaa Gupta.


Project credits:

Design team: Renesa
Contractor: Ajay Kumar, Design Realm Studio
Lighting consultants: White Lighting Solutions, IndiHaus Design Lighting, Nikita Jain

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Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa
Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa
Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa
Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa
Unlocked Bar & Kitchen in Gurugram, designed by Renesa