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Fish restaurant Divinatio is located at the historical harbour of Utrecht, The Netherlands. The objective was to realize a restaurant with a maritime feel for the upper segment of the market.

The building is designed to be functional. The contrasts – rough on the outside and smooth on the inside – have been translated into the design. The interior has to appeal to a broad and contemporary group, without discouraging the more traditional public. The visibility lines create oversight and views and the niches create a feeling of intimacy. When choosing the materials, Liong Lie architects took both the visual as tactile effects into account. Leather, blue glass and Corian® have been used in the design. The open kitchen is framed in white Corian® and has a dark back wall which creates the illusion of cooks standing in a theatre. The walls have been covered with an acoustic clay plaster that has a mother of pearl effect which shimmers in the sunlight. The ceiling is made out of tufted leather panels to improve the acoustics. The chandelier appears to be rotating by the computerized lighting that increases and decreases in strength: a subtle reference to a light house. At night the attention of the passerby is caught by the big illuminated glass bay window.

Liong Lie achitects Divinatio won 'Venuez Best Restaurant Design' award in 2008.


Location Utrecht, The Netherlands

Client Jaarbeurs Catering Services bv, Grand Catering bv

Year 2008

Status Completed

Program Hospitality - Restaurant, interior design (72 seats)


Team Liong Lie, Roeland de Jong, Jasper Polak, Berry van Empel, Floor Theuns, Sophie Pfeiffer, Marchien Rijneveld, Monique van der Sande

Collaborators Het Veranderbedrijf - Barbara van Veen (brand positioning), Vincent de Rijk (wash bassins)



Liong Lie architects Divinatio restaurant wins Venuez best restaurant design 2008 Liong Lie architects Divinatio restaurant kitchen and leather ceiling Liong Lie architects Divinatio restaurant stairs and bathroom Liong Lie architects Divinatio restaurant wash basin from epoxy resin by Vincent de Rijk