Once popular for its elite Athenian clientele, countless refurbishments saw Zonars’ stylish reputation decline. In 2015 the new managers asked us to get component in their revival of this historical location. Our quick was to assist return it to its former glory, reestablishing it in modern day Athenian daily life. The big open plan was to encompass an all day bar, restaurant and café and we have been to envision Zonars as the chic’lounge’ in the ‘hotel’ of Athens.
The very first challenge was to demolish all earlier building function and strip the space back to its concrete structure. With the room exposed the principal architectural challenge was to combine numerous employs within such an extensive open plan staying away from acoustic and circulation issues. We also had to locate a new style language that acknowledged the historical past of Zonars whilst introducing a new website link to the contemporary context, independent of that historical past.
The primary characteristic of the room is the pewter topped, wood panelled bar and its brass armature canopy that by currently being itself divided into 3 separate functions assists divide the room into cafe, bar and restaurant. The zones are united by the terrazzo and marble gridded floor the 3D ceiling of absorbant panels that eliminates acoustic chaos and the wood paneling that echoes the octagonal segment of the 2 big columns in the center of the area.