The main principle behind Wowhaus studio’s redesign of the CDL restaurant in Moscow was to honor and reinterpret the multifaceted history of the building. Its construction dating back to 1887, until the 1917 Revolution the CDL served first as a venue for freemasons gatherings; then, in the 1930s, it became the headquarters of the USSR Writers Union and its main hall became a restaurant. And it still is today, with the grand chandelier from the 1930s rumoured to be Josef Stalin’s gift to the Soviet writers, despite all the cultural and political transformations the city has gone through.

The most visibile sign of Wowhaus’ intervention are the new decorative wall panels, which were added to improve the ambience of the space away from the original gothic state: white perforated panels were added to the restaurant to add a new dynamic to the space.

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