Marc Haeberlin’s Les Haras brasserie occupies the former Royal Stables, a building classified as an historic monument both inside and out. It boasts 800 sq m of exceptional interior space, 13.5m high and crowned with an unusually beautiful original timber roof structure.
Working within the restrictions of the site,the project concentrates specifically on conserving existing details. Jouin 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.
As a direct response to the monumentality of the site, Jouin Manku’s design plays with a sense of scale and light.
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. They 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.
This project is the winner of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2014 – Best Restaurant; and is the Europe Restaurant category winner.
Images © Hélène Hilaire