Will Speros • January 24, 2017

Photos: Beeftro

When tasked with launching an outpost for Beefbar concept Beeftro in the Esch-sur-Alzette community of Luxembourg, Monte Carlo-based Humbert & Poyet—known for its work on Beefbar restaurants in Berlin, Hong Kong, Mexico, and the firm’s native Monaco—sought to create a modern steakhouse in a former ironwork factory.

“The aim was to render the industrial style more chic and warm, while remaining restrained,” explains project architect Emil Humbert. Throughout, raw materials mix with an industrial aesthetic to create a warm and unpretentious setting.

For instance, marble tables and concrete sit beneath a canopy of exposed pipes and black and white striped fabric, offering a balance between luxury and natural materials. Blue-tinted vintage leather booths with brass detailing contrast dark, oversized parquet floors and other noble elements. Orb-like fixtures provide a soft lighting solution, while also conveying an industrial edge. “We wanted to punctuate the façade with industrial light fixtures and unify the whole ensemble with striped fabrics,” explains Humbert.

Made from brushed lacquered wood and accented with brass inserts, the bar ensures an organic and convivial dynamic between servers and clientele. The use of monochromatic mosaic floor tiles delineates the area from the dining room, where wood floors and natural light dominate. Indeed, the light interior enjoys ample sun exposure through expansive windows that look out onto the terrace. “We wanted a contrast between the exterior, voluntarily present on the veranda, and the industrial luxury of the interior,” explains architect and firm co-founder Christophe Poyet.

On the terrace, the remains of the factory machinery serve as the backdrop against the brick façade, adding authenticity to the concept but also allowing for harmony between the indoor and outdoor environments.

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