Restaurant 'The Jane' Antwerp
Military church in Antwerp reinventedas a restaurant by Piet Boon.
Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril created their “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” restaurant vision together with Piet Boon over three years ago in a mythical location in Antwerp; the chapel of a former military hospital. Piet Boon® Studio, responsible for the interior design and styling of The Jane, since then collaborated in the chapel’s unique transformation into a high-end, contemporary restaurant with international allure where experience is key.
Based on her belief in authenticity, functionality and materials that ‘age beautifully’ the studiochose to restore only the highly necessary in the chapel and hence preserve the rest. Theoriginal ceiling amongst others conveys the pure, understated and respectful environmentthat serves as the authentic host for the ultimate fine dining experience.The original altar gave way to the kitchen that - just like the atelier- is embraced by glass, likea modern shrine. It allows guests to witness everything the team creates for them. The shared passion of Herman, Bril and Boon to work with pure, rich materials is expressed inthe interior in which qualitatively outstanding natural stone, leather and oak wood are used.Moreover Piet Boon® Studio, as with many of her projects, collaborated with a number ofleading creative partners to shape the “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” character of the overallexperience. Studio Job, Mathieu Nab and .PSLAB and others each delivered their signature partwithin the total concept.
Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job designed the windows consisting of 500 uniquepanels. Inspired by the chapel’s original function, foam spatulas, sunflowers, devils, skulls,babies, Jezus on the cross, dice, apple cores, wrenches, ice cream cones, a canon,croissants, penguins, trophies, gas masks and birthday cakes portray a contemporarytranslation of the old stained-glass windows. Archetypes from various worlds each tellmasterpiece stories of good and evil, rich and poor, life and death as well as good food andreligion.
The ‘piece de résistance’ in the center of the restaurant is a 800 kilograms-weighing giganticchandelier of 12 by 9 meters with over 150 lights, designed by the Beirut-based design studio .PSLAB. The chandelier was created in such a way that it contributes to the intimate andp. 2 / 2ambient divinity of the chapel interior. The team, specialised in the design and production ofsite-specific contemporary lighting, laid out an overall lighting plan for The Jane to accentuatethe unique elements of both the building and the interior. It is aimed to create a scenicambience by seamlessly combining artistry and engineering.
Together with Belgian company SERAX, specialised in decoration accessories, Piet Boon®designed tableware that conveys a shared passion for attention to detail and perfection. Baseby Piet Boon® is a high quality bone white porcelain collection combining functionality anddesign. The tableware has high thermal stability, is lead- and cadmium free and will befeatured in the The Jane’s Upper Room Bar
The main restaurant hosts 65 guests and is open from Tuesday till Saturday for lunch anddinner. The Upper Room Bar accommodates 40 guests and has the same opening hours. Bookings for both can be made here. The restaurant has a threemonthreservation lead time; the Upper Room Bar one month.