This factory office building of the former Verkatehdas cloth mill was completed in 1896 by architect Mr Carl Theodor Höijer. Restamax Plc. acquired this beautiful listed building from the municipality in early 2014. Luckily the building did survive the demolition mania of the 1970´s, unfortunately the rest of the industrial red-brick buildings along the east bank of Tammerkoski rapid which runs through the city center of Tampere, Finland, were not so lucky. Since the shut-down of industrial activities the building housed the city tourism office over the last decades.
The building has undergone extensive refurbishment and it is now the home of two amazing restaurants named August von Trappe- Belgian Bistro & Bar (downstairs) and an office space (upstairs), for Restamax Plc. The restaurants are managed by 2-Michelin star chef Mr Hans Välimäki.
Our company Visionary Design Partners Helsinki was in charge of the space planning, interior design and project management on this amazing and one of a kind project.
"Jaana Ekman is Finland's Frank Gehry, a person who is able to create warmth and humanity, a dash of ingenuity and a good dose of glorius appearance in to a space without forgettin the most important thing which is usability. Interiors designed by Jaana are always durable and timeless as well."
- Two Michelin Star Chef & Owner, Mr Hans Välimäki -
Photos: Kim Ekman / Vision51.com
The partition wall between the kitchen and the dining room is paneled with copper. The dining room walls have a half paneling and the top part of the walls has been left with the exposed original brick walls. The dining room floor is tiled with a textured tile, which consists of over fifty different patterns. We also used 3 different models of Windsor style chairs in the dining room.
In the Bar, well it is more of a tavern really, the flooring is done with a herringbone parquet. The tiling of the front wall of the bar counter repeats the same herringbone theme. On the walls above the paneling we have used hand made wallpaper from Merci.
On one of the walls in the Bar we have used a panel which is made of real wine barrels.
The tiling of the front wall of the bar counter continues all the way down to the floor.
The faucets and wash-basins made of copper in the restroom puts the final touch to the interior.