Robusto Restaurant

Fyra‘s design of Robusto Restaurant in Helsinki showcases its industrial past, blending factory features with modern elements, creating a gallery-inspired ambiance with classical furniture, art installations, and a grand open kitchen stage.

  • area / size 4,435 sqft
  • Year 2023
  • Location Helsinki, Finland,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • The premises of the restaurant Robusto boasts a rich history: originally constructed as a cable factory with a unique floor plan circling the entire block, the space was later transformed into an exhibition space for The University of the Arts Helsinki. The restaurant’s design pays homage to its past, offering a gallery inspired ambiance with robust features and industrial surfaces.

    A new entrance on the Telakkakatu side of the building was designed to integrate Robusto into the vibrant and creative neighbourhood. The culinary vision of the restaurateur duo Kari Aihinen and Olli Kolu is rooted in classic gastronomy, presenting a menu that captures the essence of different seasons with straightforward and authentic flavours.

    The expansive open kitchen serves as a stage for the culinary craft, complemented by a grand bar countertop situated by its side. The fusion of classical furniture and modern materials creates a distinctive atmosphere marked by interesting contrasts. Art takes centre stage within the premises, with the art collector Ari Tolppanen’s curated pieces paying homage to the building’s former exhibition use while composing a unique narrative that aligns with the establishment’s gritty yet classy aesthetic. The art collection was curated by Helsinki Contemporary’s Katja Räisänen.

    The design boldly exposes and utilizes different factory-like features. The refined original floor, showcasing remnants of its industrial past, matches with the exposed technical ceiling and old stairs. The rough textures of these surfaces juxtapose with the carefully curated lighting, furniture, and art, creating an inviting and compelling dining experience together with the grand open kitchen.

    Design: Fyra
    Photography: Riikka Kantinkoski