13 years after the initial opening of Centrale, an iconic restaurant in Beirut, local studio MARIAGROUP was commissioned to redesign both the interiors and the garden.
“The new scheme was driven by the idea that the existing space should be emphasized in its architectural qualities, while the new intervention clearly identifies as an addition marked in time.” says MARIAGROUP. “Today, the restaurant is open with a revived identity that preserves the memory of the former space.”
Initially conceived by Architect Bernard Khoury in 2001, and housed in a 1920’s residential structure under historical protection, Centrale restaurant and bar gained success both locally and internationally. In 2013, it was time for the restaurant to reinvent itself.
“The new scheme is driven by the idea that the existing iconic space should be emphasized in its architectural qualities, while the new intervention clearly identifies as an addition marked in time. The proportions of the internal space are preserved with the metallic cylindrical bar hovering above and the wire mesh panoramic elevator traveling the vertical distance.”
“Strips of wood continue on the volume of the staircase and line up both walls and ceiling to suggest an ethereal ascending movement. Vertical posts in steel with hidden light line up the corners of the walls at each landing.”