Located in Old Montréal, the Mediterranean-inspired Ikanos Restaurant by Blazys Gérard architects opened on October 2014 at 112 McGill Street . For this new restaurant the ambitious owner chose an imposing space in an old warehouse that had more recently served as an artist’s studio.
The concept is based on a reinterpretation of the characteristic architecture of Greece. The goal was to develop an architectural language that would meet the client’s requirements of crafting a strong identity for the space while remaining consistent with the theme.
The bar sets the tone with a blackened steel arch, deep blue barstools and antique mirrors. The designers sought to echo the Mediterranean sky by installing a constellation of smoked globe lights of varying sizes.
Leather and wood banquettes structure the different zones of the restaurant’s space. They help maximize the restaurant’s capacity while giving guests fine views of Old Montreal. The wood and seagrass chairs are accented with sheepskin, giving the space a jovial feminine touch.
The designers approached the ceiling as an infinite pergola made of suspended wood planks. Spaced at regular intervals, the planks generate an interesting interplay of shadow and light on the brick and straw paper walls. Lights and service conduits are concealed above the planks, giving the space an intimate and warm character and a more human scale. Lighting at the base of the partitions is concealed inside steel mouldings, creating a visual horizon for guests.
Other elements highlight the Mediterranean theme, such as the use of stucco on certain walls and the inclusion of raw steel posts, or black and grey slate on steps and landings, giving the space an intentional look. Also worth mentioning are the openwork partitions in thin, braided metal harking back to the triumphal aesthetic of a bygone Greece.