Winner in Interior Design Middle East
Rabih Geha Architects
Ingrid Rasmussen / Nisrine Restaurant
Msheireb Downtown, Doha, Qatar
Adara Group Qatar
Nisrine forms a narrative arc through the visual representation of nostalgia, family traditions and the velvety warmth of Lebanon. We designed the space in the likeness of our enchanting country on the Mediterranean, its dreamlike shapes, welcoming curves and intense hues.
The space is a salute to Lebanese artisanship, architecture and vista. On entering the restaurant, diners are immediately immersed in bearings that feel intimate and oddly personal, as if snatched from cherished memories of times long gone. The walls of red gilded paper, signed de Gournay, are a scatter of poetry and stand in stark contrast to the towering, white-washed ceiling typical of old Lebanese houses. The ceiling is arched and punctured by vaults with custom-made lights that infuse the space with soul and energy.
Wanting to preserve the authenticity and the traditional aspect of the Nisrine experience, we made sure to source most elements from Lebanese brands and manufacturers.
The multitude of elements that make up the space, majestic, grandiose or understated and discreet, operate in separate lanes, merging frequently into one immersive ensemble to create the Nisrine experience.