Lebanese restaurant in Vancouver features Middle Eastern architecture and distorted food photography

Vancouver-based Studio Roselyn has completed the design for a new Lebanese restaurant in Victoria, Canada, inspired by shapes found in Middle Eastern architecture and distorted food photography that is synonymous with many fast-food eateries across the region.

Photography by Lauren D Zbarsky

The interiors of the small eatery is centred on the service area which is set under the lower ceiling-ed area of the space featuring a dotted counter top.

Meals are passed through a hole in the kitchen which also includes a display of the food and drinks on offer at Superbaba – located in the city’s Downtown area.

Inspiration from Middle Eastern architecture is present in the use of shapes across the design, such as the railings that separate visitors from the ordering and eating sections.

These shapes can also be seen in wall murals painted using light blue and green shades, while the back-of-house corridor features a pastel Millennial pink shade.

The Middle East is abuzz with small-time eateries and “cafeterias” that feature menus with badly printed and colourful images of the food on offer. This idiosyncrasy has been used to inspire the artworks on the walls of the restaurant.

The designers photographed the dishes at Superbaba, later collaging and distorting the images to add a humorous touch to the design concept.

Fikra Design has completed a similar concept for its UAE Pavilion for its Abwab Pavilion concept at thee 2016 Dubai Design Week. The Sharjah-based design studio explored the cultural and social elements of UAE’s ubiquitous cafeteria culture.




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