MYU Restaurant / Paul Kaloustian

© Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian

Architects: Paul Kaloustian
Location: Gemayze, ,
Client: Joe Mourani
Project Area: 140 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian

© Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian

Located in the iconic night life district of Beirut, the MYU bar/restaurant inhabits an old small liquor factory. The design concept is based on creating 2 separate spaces of bar and restaurant defined by 2 vaults different in scale. These vaults which form a room within a room are made of stretch black fabric that is translucent. The original space is kept as found with graffiti and traces on walls and ceiling. The indirect cold cathodes lighting is dimmable thus allowing the space within the vaults to become darker and more defined once the light is dimmed. The restaurant and the bar communicate by a large “window” allowing people to connect visually.

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Cite: "MYU Restaurant / Paul Kaloustian" 11 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Liam

    seems to be a riff on the interior of the bar at Bernard Khoury’s design of la Centrale

    • Tang Wu

      If there are any similarities with the Centrale, then its in the cramped space. As cool as the Centrale seems from the design standpoint (the elevator/open roof/dramatic dining-hall underneath the silo) once a full capacity of the place is reached, it is impossible to move around. I experienced the same situation in MYU. Once you are in, you can’t get out without asking everyone else at the bar to exit the place. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy squeezing by and brushing up against gorgeous Lebanese as much as anyone, but…is that really necessary? In the case of Centrale, the situation is defined by the geometry of the silo, but in MYU…if anything could have been learned from the previous mistakes it is precisely the width of the space next to the bar counter.
      Other than that, I did like the place. The low cost set-design approach certainly makes sense. With programs that become obsolete as fast as they become popular, it only makes sense to keep the investment as minimal as possible. This particular project, really appears to have made the most out of a rather limited budget.

  • Kai

    well done!!

  • Nassim

    Definitely a try to copy Centrale
    Not bad final product though

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