The garden restaurant’s location – a green space surrounded by historical buildings at the heart of Kiev – and the old trees with their protective canopy of leaves have helped shape the spot and give it its unique atmosphere. The central concern was to capture these characteristic features and further enhance them with a sensitive approach to the overall design: floating levels, lightweight structures and clear, elegant materials characterise the ambience of the garden restaurant. The visitor is welcomed through a distinctively designed timber entrance tunnel. The inner courtyard thus remains completely shielded from the outside world, giving the feeling of entering into another, separate world. The garden restaurant has been purposely reduced and simply designed, both formally and with regard to the choice of materials. A crucial role here was played not only by its relationship with the locality, the establishment of shape and form and the choice of materials, but also by the lighting concept.