ARCHITERCTURAL DESIGN: KOKKINOU – KOURKOULAS
ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING: L4A + OKAPI
Patriarchou Ioakim 38 in Kolonaki, the spot previously familiar to the Athenians as a well-known café has now been transformed by Kokkinou – Kourkoulas Architects and SOLID into an impressive multi-aspect bar-restaurant.
Large radiant glass panels both in the façade as well as the inside, promote a sublime, dual-aspect space. The backyard garden is full of natural light during the day and exceptional architectural lighting at night, creating a vibrant atmosphere. Dimitris Liosis tromp d’ oeille is in perfect synergy with the tropical garden, inducing a relaxing vibe and recalling memories of simpler times.
Chiseled concrete, a process that gives a raw, unprocessed feeling, is smoothened by the wooden vertical surfaces creating an aesthetic balance, a quality that perfectly describes Zurbaran.
The endless bar magnifies the already impressive size of the space. The bottle shelves, made out of thin sheet metal, are masterfully lit to dominate the bar wall, highlighting the multi-colored bottles. Oasis green marble from the island of Tinos is the most distinguished feature of Zurbaran, covering the front side of the bar and the floor. The swirls and vein formations of the marble flow so masterly as if a painter graciously interfered to add an artistic touch to an already industrially built environment.
Zurbaran stands out for its layout, decreasing the awkwardness of a vast space with its multiple levels covered with oak flooring, blending perfectly with the wooden vertical surfaces. Multiple mirrors create optical illusions multiplying the reflected images from both the interior and exterior, mesmerizing even more the Zurbaran experience.
A sheet metal sculpture on the ceiling, resembling a cheese grater, has become Zurbaran’s trademark, emphasizing the forward momentum of a perpetual productive and creative process.
PATRIARCHOY IOAKIM 38, KOLONAKI