This building in northeastern France might be approaching its 200th birthday, but its found new life via its rustic charm as fine-dining restaurant Enfin.
Strasbourg architecture firm Nara designed the space, which is located inside an imposing red brick building that dates back to the 1850s. The practice was careful to preserve the workshop’s historic quirks during its adaptive reuse, following its existing layout to create a lounge and dining space, as well as an open-plan kitchen at the centre of the building.
The original wooden beams watch over all, as do the existing walls, which have been given gentle clean, and half wrapped in stretched felt for the purposes of warmth and acoustics. Enfin’s furniture follows similarly simple lines, with diners sitting at plain wooden tables and chairs for their meal.
As well as following a local and seasonal approach to its menu, the restaurant has implemented ‘a softer model’ of working, in reaction to the pressures of the pandemic and its impact on the hospitality sector. ‘[We are] a bit like in an orchestra, there are those who set the tempo, others the harmony, and some bring their sweetness. Dishes include seared coastal scallops with champignons des Vosges and regional staples such as cheeses and wines.