Design & Project Leadership: Papayiannaki Design Works
Patio and Ground floor winter version
Completed: October 2022
Terrace 260m2 & Ground Floor 200m2
Completed: June 2021
Papayiannaki Design Works was invited to create the space experience of ‘Vintage’ Wine Bar & Bistro in the unique location of the CVAR building, in the heart of Nicosia old town on Ermou Street.
It became clear to us when we met, that the restaurateur couple- chef, Iza and Panos Kyriazis, wine connoisseur, take pride in acknowledging the Individuality of the moment, of the wine, the flavours and of their guests. With the expression ‘Acknowledging Wine, Celebrating People’, which became the statement that represents Vintage’s Philosophy, the Design experience ideas flowed naturally.
With an established ‘Vintage’ Athens location operating since 2014, Iza and Panos envisioned their restaurant in this one of a kind listed building in Cyprus. Our aim was for guests to enjoy the building’s unique outdoor areas that amplify the warm and friendly feeling that Vintage is recognized for. The indoor area of the restaurant is beside the museum, adjoined by the entrance galleria. The stoa sets the mood with oversized custom chandeliers, intimate lighting and greenery which leads to a tranquil atrium garden area in the back. During the summer months, the senses are heightened with the subtle music, aromas and a glazing moon on the open-air terrace dining area, a true novelty experience in Nicosia.
The Material Language of the space is true to its location. Cypriot stone of the building structure and the textured woods of the panelling and impressive pergola are predominant features. Metal elements compliment, and rattan weaves integrate with the wood furniture. Liveliness, in the way Nature bestows, is present with enriched landscaping. The central olive trees are the protagonists in the setting joined by an array of aromatic and Mediterranean plant selection.