Renowned French restaurateur Marc Haeberlin’s Les Haras brasserie occupies the former Royal Stables, a building in Strasbourg, France classified as an historic monument both inside and out.
The historic building boasts 800m² of interior space 13.5m high and is crowned with a surprisingly intricate original timber roof structure.
Jouin Manku, designer Patrick Jouin and architect Sanjit Manku, wanted to expose the fabric of the building, to show off the timber frame and joists, to retain the original render upstairs, reuse the floor tiles “and play around with the grand doors to create an entrance lobby.” say the designers.”Working within the restrictions of the site, the project concentrates specifically on conserving existing details.”
“It is important for the visitor to be able to take stock of the exceptional historic dimension of the site without feeling dwarfed by it. [We] have employed a series of creative and spectacular devices to help define areas within the building. Conversely, the palette of raw and natural materials is deliberately limited: blackened raw steel, patinated zinc, unfinished oak, and full hide leather are the four materials used in the restaurant.”
Les Haras is one of the overall winners of the 2014 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.