The project for la Brasserie des Haras restaurant in Strasbourg, designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, took an eighteenth century building once used as the national stud and the headquarters of the city’s Riding Academy, and gave it a touch of the contemporary, while preserving a feeling of authenticity in keeping with the location.
Pursuing a fil rouge inspired by the world of horse riding, the designers opted for natural materials such as unprocessed wood, natural leather, and burnished or brushed metal, pointing explicitly to the origins of an architecture style that is emblematic of the city.
While the building’s facade conveys an image of class and noble allure,
the interiors reveal a more contemporary mood. La Brasserie, run by chef Marc Haeberlin (three Michelin stars), is located in the area once occupied by the National Stud.
To underscore the historical dimension of the location, the beams and structural elements have been left in full view, the existing floors were reclaimed, the vintage plaster was restored, and the space has been cleverly carved up into zones.
The dramatic oak and steel staircase next to the lounge area sweeps up to the first floor, with the structure of the roof soaring above in full view.
When you reach the first floor, there is another surprise in the micro architecture – a sort of huge, 5 metre tall and 30 square metre wide leather saddle – creating a cosy and protective environment.
The Strasburg Haras also houses a hotel, again designed by Jouin Manku. The area will also have a biocluster group of biotechnology businesses, supported by IRCAD- l’Institut de Recherche contre le Cancer de l’Appareil Digestif – whose research will be partly funded by the revenue generated by tourism.