Studio NAAW uncovers soviet-era details in Almaty restaurant interior

Local practice NAAW Studio has converted a former Soviet railway workers’ housing block into the Fika restaurant in Almaty, Kazakhstan, retaining original features of 1950s building.

According to NAAW Studio, the restaurant re-examines the TurkSib Workers’ House’s social context by contrasting the original ornamentation with playful, contemporary details informed by Almaty’s surroundings.

Studio NAAW uncovered soviet-era details in a Kazakhstan restaurant interior

“We wanted to ensure that the interior did not romanticise the legacy of the colonial era, but at the same time did not deny it,” NAAW co-founder Elvira Bakubayeva told Dezeen.

“When we found the original ceiling mouldings and capitals in a dilapidated state underneath the suspended ceiling panels

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