Sara Restaurant is an amazing project in Toronto, designed by local studio Odami. The 2,400 square foot restaurant, converted from a residential building, was an architectural exercise in striking the right balance between preserving the building’s domestic character and maximizing its potential as a restaurant. To know more about this restaurant in Toronto, you just need to read this article.
The restaurant concept envisioned an approach to the dining experience where guests could disconnect from the devices of the outside world to more deeply connect with one another. To bring this to life, the design became about providing a profound sense of place on one hand, and on the other, about providing a sense of calm.
Called Sara, the eatery occupies two floors of a Victorian residence in the Canadian city that dates back to the early 1900s. Odami was challenged to preserve the architectural history of the structure while creating an inviting setting for over 50 diners.
On the first floor, the designers aimed to create a cave-like interior to form an intimate setting for guests. To do so, they covered the ceiling and arched walls with a mixture of plaster and recycled materials created through a series of experiments.
The second level, by contrast, features pitched double-height white ceilings. It is intended to create an open and airy atmosphere, “providing a feeling of breezy lightness”.
Sara was named after the rearrangement of Rasa, the name of a notable restaurant in the area owned by the same client. The design of the new eatery is intended to contrast Rasa’s rustic and dark palette, which comprises metals, leather, and other rough materials.
The firm describes the new aesthetic as “earthly minimalism”.
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