The JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh has unveiled JW Glass Garden, its own unique spin on the brand’s signature JW Steakhouse.
Dubai-based designer David T’Kint crafted the space to reinterpret traditional steakhouse conventions through a contemporary lens that positions the restaurant as a space of reprieve. “Being quite literally located in a glass box, it felt natural to connect the surrounding landscape to the inside. Green inside and green outside, blurring the boundary between both,” T’Kint says. “Being surrounded by nature soothes the atmosphere and provides an oasis of greenery away from the noise of the city.”
Spread across more than 5,300 square feet, the JW Glass Garden and the JW Steakhouse are accessed through grand leather doors. The JW Bar heralds guests as they arrive through a corridor defined by blue wall panels and barrel-shaped ceilings.
A tree rises from the center of the bar to penetrate the ceiling, further infusing nature into the inviting setting against a backdrop of sculpted wall panels and mirrored ceilings adorned with greenery. “The greenery of the decor is only one part of a full experience where chefs use fresh ingredients such as herbs and vegetables taken directly from the garden outside and use this to prepare the dishes,” T’Kint adds.
Both high and low banquettes also line the interior as it stretches into an alfresco enclave. Natural light pours into the interiors via floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating black and white flooring reminiscent of a traditional orangery.
Dark wood floors, cream walls, leather upholstery, and rich accents of midnight blue inject a masculine flair into the steakhouse, where a show kitchen commands focus. A communal table anchors the heart of the dining room, paired with stately wing chairs atop mosaic floors. Retro-inspired lighting also softens the ambiance.