an urban mash-up where east and west seem to collide on a daily basis, istanbul is like no other city we know. it has a highly cosmopolitan cultural blend and a bubbly energy that's quite unique. despite a few obstacles things have been looking up for turkey, and istanbul being the country's main international hub, has expanded its appeal on so many levels it has become a force - and dare we say even a brand - to be reckoned with in the region. life is good for many of its savvy denizens, and it's this particular demographic that drives and benefits from an increasing number of places where to wine and dine in sophisticated style. one of the recently opened establishments that caught our eye is nopa. launched by the people behind the house hotel, a local hospitality chain with a number of upscale venues across town, this sexy new grill restaurant + bar is designed by acclaimed turkish design agency autoban.
occupying a narrow rectangular space on the ground floor of a modern residential building - mind you, that's also a design of the aforementioned agency - the restaurant boasts both indoor and outdoor sections, and the latter comes with a retractable glass roof. the building’s front façade features an organized geometrical composition applied in varying layers, and which is successfully incorporated in the interior. indoors it's a well-balanced palette of various natural materials that form a certain richness and break the monotony. walls are covered in black marble and wood while the flooring consists of natural stone in different tones and cut in varying sizes form a continuous geometric pattern.
as a contrast, the ceiling is kept simple and practical to wire and hide all technical lighting elements for functional lighting. the outdoor area follows the same design approach, but here it's a surrounding vertical garden with a luscious diversity of plants that provides the visual drama. nopa's furniture and lighting designs are also by autoban, and their aesthetic perfectly matches the interior's geometry and layering. as a grill restaurant nopa's menu prominently lists a variety of premium steaks and a matching selection of side dishes, as well as seafood options. the bar serves any imaginable drink you fancy, including a wide choice of signature cocktails. location: atiye sokak 6 [nişantaşı].