Revamp : Aung Mingalar Shan Noodle Restaurant

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Beginnings

Aung Mingalar Shan Noodles, a bucket-must amongst tourists and a beloved go-to amongst us Yangonites, asked 16’96 Concepts to help them reimagine and actualize a fresh and authentic makeover. We asked help from our friends at The Designers’ Studio to explore what boundaries we could push. We knew that we wanted to stay true to their cultural aesthetic by incorporating key traditional elements that could be visibly felt, but we also wanted to take it up a notch by mixing contemporary, au courant details. With so many possibilities, the question was, where do we start?

ခရီးသြားမ်ားမျဖစ္မေနသြားစားသင့္ေသာ၊ ရန္ကုန္သူ/သားမ်ားသြားေနၾကေနရာျဖစ္ေသာေအာင္မဂၤလာရွမ္းေခါက္ဆြဲဆိုင္မွ 16’96 Concepts အားသူတို႔ဆုိင္ကိုပရိေဘာဂႏွင့္ရိႊဳင္းေပးပါရန္ေတာင္းဆိုခဲ့သည္။ 16’96 ႏွင့္ The Designers’ Studio (interior design firm) အတူတူ ေအာင္မဂၤလာရဲ႕႐ိုးရာယဥ္ေက်းမႈပုံစံကိုလည္း မပ်က္ေစဘဲ ေခတ္မီဆန္းသစ္ေသာ concepts တစ္ခုကို ရွာေဖြေပးခဲ့သည္။

 
 
 

Fun Design Challenges

Aung Mingalar’s current setup was quasi-traditional (i.e old furniture with modern lighting fixtures) and was a quintessential example of an inefficient use of space (too many tables and chairs no one actually sat on). By effectively reorienting their space economy, and by reducing their overall number of chairs and tables, we helped cater to their optimum capacity. Visually, it opened up the overall space, making it feel more inviting and comfortable. It also maximized walkways for customers and their waiters alike, making the flow of movement more seamless and free, a bonus for a busy restaurant like Aung Mingalar.

ေအာင္မဂၤလာ၏အရင္ပံုစံမွာရိုးရာတစ္၀က္၊ ေခတ္မီတစ္၀က္ ဥပမာ- ပရိေဘာဂအေဟာင္းမ်ားႏွင့္ ေခတ္မီေသာမီးဆိုင္းမ်ားတို့ကိုေတြ႔ရသည္။ ဆိုင္မွာအျမဲတမ္းျပည့္လွ်ံေနေသာ္လည္း space usuage မွာ effencient မျဖစ္တာကိုေတြ႔ရသည္။ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို့က စားပြဲႏွင့္ထုိင္ခံုဖြဲ႔စည္းပံုကိုျပန္ေျပာင္းျပီး အေရအတြက္ကိုအနည္းငယ္ေလွ်ာ့ခ်လိုက္ျခင္းျဖင့္အျမင္အားျဖင့္လည္း ပိုက်ယ္ျပီးသက္ေတာင့္သက္သာရွိကာ လာလည္ခ်င္စဖြယ္လည္း ျဖစ္ေစသည္။

 
 
 

For its furnishings, we all aimed for simplicity because simplicity stands the test of time. We also didn’t want to introduce an entirely alien concept that challenged Aung Mingalar’s existing charm and soul. Like their old tables and chairs, we mixed materials -- wood and steel. This time, 16’96 Concepts wanted to elevate their wooden tables by introducing Kyet Mauk, a table that charms with its floating tabletop effect. Unlike their previous coating, we kept the legs super matte and classy.

ေအာင္မဂၤလာရွမ္းေခါက္ဆြဲဆုိင္ဟာႏွစ္၂၀ ၾကာ ေဖာက္သည္အမ်ားအျပားရွိခဲ့တဲ့ဆိုင္တစ္ဆုိင္ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ကြ်န္ေတာ္တုိ့ကေအာင္မဂၤလာရွမ္းေခါက္ဆြဲဆိုင္ရဲ႔နဂိုႏွစ္လုိဖြယ္ပံုစံနဲ့ လံုး၀မတူတဲ့ ပံုစံကုိလည္း မေျပာင္းခ်င္ပါဘူး။ ဒါေၾကာင့္သူတို႔ရဲ႔စားပြဲ၊ ထိုင္ခံုအေဟာင္းေတြကို သစ္တို႔၊ စတီးတို႔နဲ႔ေရာစပ္ ျပဳလုပ္ေပးပါတယ္။ 16’96 ကသူတို႔ရဲ႔သစ္သားစားပြဲေတြကို ၾကက္ေမာက္စားပြဲနဲ့ အစားထိုးေပးခဲ့ပါတယ္။

 
 

Reflections

Balancing aesthetic harmony and utility. Keeping budgets shipshape. Working with multiple stakeholders. Three months to plan, but three days to execute. We believe the transformation unfolded beyond what the drawings and mockups had planned. The way the pendants lit with patterns on the ceiling shouts #mood in all the right ways. Slurping away your favorite Mee Shay Noodles on comfortable chairs and beautiful tables makes the Aung Mingalar experience all the more delicious.

It was an absolute joy working with Aung Mingalar, Asia Wood, and The Designers’ Studio. To all the foodies out there, please drop by at the restaurant and let us know what you think of the transformation! Give us a little love by sharing a picture with the hashtag #1696sentus.

အျမင္ေကာ၊ အသံုး၀င္မႈေကာအခ်ိဳးက်ေစသည္။ budget ကိုလည္းထိန္းထားသည္။ အဖြဲ႕အစည္း အမ်ားၾကီး နဲ႔လည္းအလုပ္လုပ္ခဲ့ရပါသည္။ စီစဥ္ရတာသံုးလေလာက္ၾကာေပမယ့္တကယ္ installation အတြက္ကေတာ့ သံုးရက္ဘဲၾကာပါသည္။ မ်က္ႏွာၾကက္ေပၚမွာ မီးဆိုင္းေလးေတြေတာက္ပေနပံုကေႏြးေထြးတဲ့ ခံစားခ်က္ ေပးပါသည္။ ေအာင္မဂၤလာမွာအၾကိဳက္ဆံုးျမီးရွည္ကိုသက္ေတာင့္သက္သာရွိတဲ့ထုိင္ခံုနဲ႔လွပတဲ့စားပြဲေပၚမွာ စားရတာပိုျပီးအရသာရွိျပီးအမွတ္ရေနေစဖို႔ၾကိဳးပမ္းခဲ့ပါသည္။

ေအာင္မဂၤလာ၊ Asia Wood ႏွင့္ Designer’s  Studio တို႔ႏွင့္အလုပ္အတူတူလုပ္ရတာအရမ္းေပ်ာ္စရာ ေကာင္းခဲ့ပါသည္။ အစားအေသာက္ၾကိဳက္သူေလးေတြလည္းေအာင္မဂၤလာမွာသြားစားျပီး ေျပာင္းလဲသြားပံုကိုေျပာျပပါဦး။ဒါေလးကို #1696sentus နဲ႔ share ေပးဦးေနာ္။