The restaurant is located in Zisimopoulou, one of the most commercial streets of Glyfada in Athens, Greece. The area’s character is mainly formed by cafes and restaurants, therefore the Casa di Salvatore had to stand out of its surroundings. Main aim was to fulfil the needs of an all-day Italian restaurant, as well as, of an Italian cafe and of an Italian wine bar.
Important aspects of the design were; the provision of adequate shading for the roof openings, along with the small interior space which had to host the kitchen, the bar and a number of tables. For the reasons above, a unified, non-closed space was introduced, with minor limits between the internal and the external.
An indicative boundary is created by a light metal structure on the front space of the restaurant. Materials, such as, acrylic transparent sheets, thin ropes, light fabrics, glass, wood and metal are used to form the character of the facade. The low part, is composed of solid pieces of wood, which are attached on the metal frame.
The middle one, consists of glass panels, that can be moved vertically in order to fully open all sides of the external space. The acrylic sheets form the top part of the facade. The relief surface of the sheets achieves a particular effect especially at night, where the radiation of the internal lights make the acrylic sheets to look self-luminous.
When one enters the restaurant, his gaze can reach to all areas, up to the kitchen, which is left open for someone to watch the food preparation if desired. Next to the kitchen is positioned the bar which is consisted of green marble in the low part and brass covering in the upper part.
On the ceiling, small ropes hold light fabrics which can be pulled and fully uncover the sky. Additional lighting is positioned on the ropes, creating an interesting effect during the night when the lights are in contrast with the dark sky. Finally the furniture attempts to express a more classic style related to the Renaissance and the Italian culture.
In addition to this, a combination of Italian furniture with Greek materials is proposed. For instance, the Tinos marble is placed on the floor, on surfaces of the kitchen or the furniture, such as the round tables. High quality brass is applied for subtle and detailed finishings which add a more delicate philosophy to the whole space.