A restaurant refurbishment in Montreal, Canada inserts a rough hewn wood box inside the former restaurant with a shape that “recalls an articulated snake” says the designer.
The function and aesthetics of the izakaya, Japanese taverns, informs the design of ‘Kinoya’, a restaurant designed by Jean de Lessard. “For a space to become Event or Emotion, it must generate its own energy. I designed an enclosed space that is totally focused on the business of partying. The design elements are deliberately oppressive or aggressive, so that it is anarchic, rough and where we are loudly heckled” explains de Lessard.
A vertical drop of four to five feet between the front and rear parts of the ceiling contributes to the cocoon effect. “The place is always full since the opening, despite the fact that one must stand shoulder to shoulder. The soft lighting and the cozy atmosphere makes it a friendly environment where the smell of wood mingles pleasantly with the aromas of mouth-watering dishes.”
“The space, such as how one could figure what the interior of origami looks like, is composed of triangles of various sizes, crookedly placed in a random fashion. A durable material, wood has an exceptional capacity of resonance and absorption. The irregularity and angularity of the surfaces further deflect sound waves, helping to muffle the ambient noise.”
“The reused wood from barns is local and covers an area that represents 4,500 square feet. Boards of hemlock and white spruce of different width and thickness were installed in all directions. If this strengthens the idea of chaos, on the other end the glued-laminated technique used for the installation provides in turn a perfect finish.”
“The uncouth-tavern style decoration is left to its simplest expression: the furniture and lighting were salvaged from previous Kinoya, drawings and graffitis offend the eye and confirm the urban character of the establishment. Kakemono banners that are used to hide the street also perpetuate the Japanese tradition.”
Design: Jean de Lessard, Alexa Adam
General contractor: Pure Renovation
Woodworking: Dominic Samson, Solution durable
Material: Hemlock and white spruce. Reuse of furniture and lighting system from previous Kinoya.
Overall surface area: 1,500 square feet (23 feet x 75 feet)
Dining area surface : around 800 square feet
Capacity : 60 places