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The Arena-Papi
by Neri&Hu

Winner: Small interior of the year 2021 Located on the ground floor of a typical late 19th century Haussmann building, Neri&Hu's design concept celebrates the layered material heritage that narrates Parisian history.

During the dismantling phase, the existing site was treated carefully; by stripping back the strata of finishes that have built up through the decades, the beauty of the bare materials is revealed. Each fragment represents a different period in Paris' history, forming a canvas for the architects to add their new strokes.

Judges' comments:
"The restaurant has an unexpected and brave façade. The design is so effortless and is a beautiful combination of old and new, considering the beauty in the aged elements. There is an innovative use of the space adding the curves and flow of direction. Every single detail and material is carefully integrated with the existing elements."

The Arena-Papi

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