The Bon Restaurant, An Attempt To Save The History of Bucharest

Old and historic buildings are regarded as precious treasures and usually great efforts are put into restoring and preserving them. However, the past few years have been rather disappointing in the case of Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Bucharest is a city of contrasts. Here you can find the historic center where time seems to have stopped and just a few meters away you can see modern buildings. But many historic buildings have been demolished to make room for new structures.

This disrespect for history has led architect Cristian Corvin to create the Bon restaurant. The restaurant is a symbolic response to everything that’s been happening lately with all the old buildings that no longer exist. You might wonder how a new restaurant can be a symbol for something old. Well, the architect has found a very clever solution for that.

The Bon restaurant has been designed with a rustic, worn décor. Moreover, the architect incorporated 200 doors, windows and window shutters into the design. These were recovered from demolished homes and buildings and were used for the interior décor of the restaurant. This way they get to be a symbol of the building they used to be a part of and together they get to transmit an important message regarding the importance of history.

The windows, doors and shutters have character and some are covered in writings and graffiti, however, this only makes them unique. They were sued to cover the walls of the restaurant and they create a vintage décor and a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The recovered elements were kept as such and their worn look and finish gives personality to this place.The beauty of the interior décor is enhanced by a play of lights which makes the restaurant look very charming and makes the atmosphere even more pleasant.

Published by in Interiors, on February 28th, 2013


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