Design: Ar03412 studio, Eirini Kontopoulou
Graphics: Eirini Kontopoulou
The CASA TUCAN project is about the design of a Brazilian restaurant located in a cozy neighbourhood of Athens. Brazilian cuisine, although widespread worldwide, has not been so popular in the Athenian capital, therefore this restaurant wants to be one of the few representatives of Brazilian's culture in the city: a culture directly related to the carnival and the liveliness that it represents.
"Casa Tucan" aims to be a suitable choice for both evening or even Sunday's noon, therefore the key of this proposal is to create a warm atmosphere and a pleasant environment for the guests. Τhe design is structured on the above Brazilians’ characteristics and particularly it strengthen "the intimacy" as a main feature of the Brazilian culture. Selected Materials have influences from Brazil and especially from the Amazon forest. Therefore, wood, bamboo, plants and bright colors dominate the space. As Brazilian restaurants mostly operate with a buffet, the space of 145 sq.m. is organised in two main areas: an open area of 100 sq.m. with tables and seats and right next to this, an open kitchen is placed, where most dishes are prepared. Through the food experience, the visitor gets pictures, smells and references of Brazilian culture, the visit turns into a colourful journey.
The proposal draws inspiration from the Amazon forest, in terms of materials but also of the qualities of light. The light passes through the tall trees and ends up on the earth creating a "play of brilliants". Similarly, the lighting design is set up so as to achieve the same impression. In short, a mild ambient light is placed on the ceiling, where pendant lighting fixtures consisting of bamboo logs end up on visitors' tables, enhancing task light.