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STK Restaurant in Olomouc, Czech Republic by Komplits

Czech interior design studio Komplits has designed a steak restaurant in a former car repair shop, embracing the automobile heritage of the place.

The STK Restaurant authentically engages individual elements of its past through the materials and design elements, merging the heavy elements with nature.

Architect's statement: Spontaneity, raw materials, pristine nature and above all – meat. The best steaks in the city of Olomouc.

Ten years back, you would have come here to have your vehicle inspection certificate stamped. Entering the place, you would have covered your ears to escape the noise of the roaring car engines and watched the mechanics checking clutches and brakes. As the shift ended and the chaps clocked out to leave for home all hungry, they might have been dreaming about one kind of meal. The juicy steak they would eat seated at a solid wood table supported by raw steel legs. Greenery and nature come face to face with animal force. That’s the core of Steak Restaurant’s (STK) interior, housed in a former car repair shop which gave the steakhouse its name.

metalic bull in a Restaurant in Czech Republic image © BoysPlayNice

STK emphasises simplicity and quality, both in its food and its interior. Instead of trying to deny and erase its greasy automobile heritage, the place embraces it. The 320 square metres of the restaurant authentically engage individual elements of its past. This is evident from the materials, which include raw metal sheets, black steel and rebars. We even turned a seemingly problematic layout into an advantage, transforming bearing walls in narrow spaces into a vertical garden and a platform for a barbecue.

metalic counter in a restaurant image © BoysPlayNice

Dominating the space are two huge steel bulls – the owner’s wish and a clear message to guests about the type of cuisine they should expect. In STK, heavy elements merge with nature. Willow branches wrap themselves around the tables and climb the walls, rising up to the ceiling and over the bulls’ heads. Formed from solid oak boards, the tables have a rough-hewn appearance and irregularly shaped steel legs. Here and there, plants spring from the ceiling and walls, changing the interior’s look with each new leaf that sprouts. Cowhide covering one of the walls and woven rope complete the signature style of the steakhouse.

wooden ceiling and walls image © BoysPlayNice

STK Restaurant in Olomouc, Czech Republic by Komplitsimage © BoysPlayNice

restaurant kitchen image © BoysPlayNice

kitchen with illumination  image © BoysPlayNice

machine for cutting beaf meat image © BoysPlayNice

pendant lamp hanged over restaurant tables image © BoysPlayNice

wooden chair and table in restaurant image © BoysPlayNice

STK Restaurant in Olomouc, Czech Republic by Komplitsimage © BoysPlayNice

green plant grown in the ceiling image © BoysPlayNice

raw stake meat on the table image © BoysPlayNice

raw stake beaf meat on the wooden table image © BoysPlayNice

making barbecue in restaurant image © BoysPlayNice

pendant lamp over the long wooden table in restaurant image © BoysPlayNice

green light on the wall image © BoysPlayNice

washing basin and circular mirror image © BoysPlayNice

butcher covered her face with meat image © BoysPlayNice

metalic bull sculpture image © BoysPlayNice


Project name: STK Restaurant

Architecture firm: Komplits

Principal architect: Pavel Kříž 

Location: Lipenská 11/7, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Design year: 2018

Completion year: 2019

Usable floor area: 320 m²

Photography: BoysPlayNice | Jakub Skokan and Martin Tůma

Clientsteak restaurant 



Basalt | kitchen floor

Oak | restaurant floor

Oak | tables

Willow branches | weaves

Cowhide | dropped ceiling

Steel tubes | tables



Steel + brass | bulls


Products and brands

Lighting | U1 Lighting:

Vewer & Ducré Lighting




Furniture | Vitra

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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