An 1850s Carpentry Workshop Transformed into a Restaurant

View all 15 Photos

An intimate restaurant opened within the walls of an old carpentry workshop.

Located in the town of Barr, France, an old building that used to house a carpentry workshop was transformed into a small restaurant. Strasbourg-based architecture studio nara completed this adaptive-reuse project with great respect for the building’s character and history. The old brick walls remained, along with the traditional tile roof and the wooden beams in the interior. Imposing and spacious, the structure celebrates vernacular architecture while complementing the old rustic charm with contemporary design cues. An open-plan kitchen occupies the center of the restaurant, thus becoming the heart of the space. This airy zone contrasts an opaque area that contains the bathroom.

Guests enter the restaurant by walking beyond a circular curtain and then stepping into the lounge area and the dining space at the end of this carefully choreographed sequence. Felt panels cover the walls, rising up to two meters in height. This soft material creates continuity with the carpeted flooring but also offers a counterpoint to the organic textures and warm colors of the wooden ceiling. Felt also gives the dining space excellent acoustic and thermal insulation. The studio used minimalist wood furniture to create a simple and warm dining room where guests can relax in comfort. At the same time, these restrained contemporary additions highlight the character of the original walls and timber ceilings. Large windows frame rural views while bringing an abundance of natural light into the restaurant. Photography© Simone Bossi.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: , , , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Caterpillar Hill House

    A wood-clad home inspired by tree houses. Named Caterpillar Hill, this wood-clad house rises from…

  • The Filter Pavilion

    A space of quiet reflection in the middle of Times Square. Designed by CLB Architects…

  • Art House

    Three volumes arranged around a courtyard in Palo Alto, California. When the owners of a…

  • Cabin Rones

    A cabin with views of a Norwegian fjord. Located on a steep site in Rones,…

  • Brick House with Tower

    A contemporary brick house that celebrates Norwegian masonry traditions. Inspired by the masonry building traditions…

  • Gutshof Güldenhof

    A farming complex from the 18th century converted into a multi-functional art center. Located in…

  • The Aperture House

    An extension inspired by photography and the flexibility of modern lifestyles. Named Aperture House, this…

  • The Bellbird Retreat

    An imaginative design that optimizes both safety and access to gorgeous views for a retreat…

Around the world

  • Hotel Grand Stark

    A building from 1908 transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Located in the Central Eastside…

  • The Circulo Mexicano Hotel

    A 19th century residential building transformed into a hotel with Shaker-inspired furniture. Located in the…

  • Plácido y Grata Hotel

    A boutique hotel located in a restored manor house from the 19th century. After years…

loader