CONCEPT | FIRST NATIONS RESTAURANT DESIGN | JAN 2018
I partnered with Stephanie Ruggeri and Jelena Pavlovic for this project. I have already praised Stephanie's work in my Retail project. Jelena was an amazing asset to this Hospitality project. Her work ethic was great and so was her knowledge about the ceiling plan, space planning and furniture. Everyone brought their skills to the table and helped in their own ways to create this project.
The objective for this restaurant design was to have a modern and contemporary approach to something that held a historically cultural value. Something that everyone would be able to resonate with, with ease and also be able to yield their own meaning out of it.
The main focus while designing this restaurant was to make sure to not make any feature too literal, especially, the artwork. it is very easy to have some sort of art work to represent and culture, but that was not our design approach. We have a simple approach to a straightforward design solution with two focal features, the mural wall and the artifacts columns.
The mural wall is intended to encompass the First Nations and their renowned art in the most subtle way, by embossing only basic features of Totem Poles' masks onto plaster wall with other contemporary work as another overlay using artwork from the 1960s from artists such as Rita Letendre, Rober Markle and Kenojuak Ashevak.
The Kharayeb Archaeological Museum (KAM) was designed by Shiogumo in the agricultural lands of the coastal village Kharayeb, in the south of Lebanon. The sire-specific museum was comicsioned to
preserve and enhance the historical, cultural, and public significance (ArchDaily, 2017).
These columns and the figures play a key role in Shiogumo's design of the museum, the most fascinating feature is how the terracotta figures appear to be floating, and the display is so informal, tying
back to the simplistic design approach.
The Architects responsible for this inspirational design are Shiogumo, with Dr. Richard Douzjian being the principal architect in charge with Made Al-Selani as the assistant designer and having Ziad Abi Karam be the one to produce the 3D visualizations.
These columns will hold First Nations artifacts. The way they will be displayed would be something similar to how you would have art pieces displayed at a museum or a gallery. From a distance the artifacts will seems as it they are floating.This adds a very contemporary approach. These columns not only act as a display but also serve a mechanical purpose. They would light up at night time and would heat up the space.