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Restaurant ENFIN - Benjamin Rocchi
  • Restaurant ENFIN - Benjamin Rocchi
  • Restaurant ENFIN - Benjamin Rocchi
  • Restaurant ENFIN - Benjamin Rocchi
Restaurant ENFIN - Benjamin Rocchi

2 chemin du Château d’Andlau, Barr, France

Architects: Nara 
Client: SCI la Menuiserie 
Project team: Benjamin Rocchi & Olivier Nicollas
Landscape Architects: / Design team: Benjamin Rocchi & Olivier Nicollas 
Photographer: Simone Bossi 

1850s carpentry converted into a gastronomic restaurant. As the project takes place in an 1850s carpentry, the main focus is to showcase the qualities of the existing building; a remarkable construction for its volume and materials. 

The layout places the open-plan kitchen at the heart of the space, standing against an opaque mass hosting the washing station and the toilets.

These spaces standing apart from the existing walls structure the large and open public space of the restaurant into subspaces, following a simple hierarchy: entrance, lounge, dining area. 

The use of stretched felt on the walls, up to two meters high, maintains a visual continuity of the carpeted floor while ensuring high-performance thermal and acoustic insulation. 

The higher part of the walls and the underside of the ceiling are simply cleaned and left in their original state as a testimony of the authenticity of the place.