With a fascination for the historical teachings from Greek and Roman cultures, the inspiration for this project came from the teachings which can be found in Andrea Palladio The Four Books of Architecture. In this, Palladio describes the principles taught by Vitruvius. Vitruvius explains that the perfect building must have the following three components: utility (convenience), duration (strength), and beauty. For a building to be convenient, each room must be in its proper place to ensure that the flow is functional. For a building to have duration, Vitruvius explains that doors and windows should line up on each level, aligning solids and voids. Beauty is found in the correspondence of the building as a whole and each element must reflect the other to feel complete. By using these characteristics as a guide, this grand restaurant was developed to incorporate each element.
The principles of symmetry, balance, and proportion were followed in the architecture, space planning, and selection of furniture, finishes, and equipment. The design of the building is symmetrical, which relates to the nature of the human body. The symmetry is satisfying and creates both balance and harmony in the flow of the space. Rooms are located on the perimeter of the building, leaving the center to be an open area for guests.
Material finishes such as velvets, damasks, dark wood, and marble have a modern application to the classical furniture pieces. The use of patterns was limited in the space to uphold a modern edge. Jewel tones, including ruby red, navy blue, and emerald green are paired with neutrals to create a vibrant atmosphere. The neutrals act as the bones to the building while the jewel tones represent the soul.
Classical elements such as decorative millwork, crown molding, coffered ceilings, and elegant railings make up an essential portion of the design. Iconic pieces from Greek and Roman history, including Corinthian columns and the Klismos chair, are found in interior architecture and the selection of the Marioni Huei Tufted Chair, upholstered in a ruby-red velvet, ornamented in brass. The integration of modernism is found in the selection of historic artwork which takes on a contemporary twist and the compliment of modern and traditional lighting which illuminate the space.
In the design of the Olesion Restaurant and Bar, the acoustics was an important focus for the atmosphere of the space. As can be seen in the floor plans, there are high ceilings and open to below space, which affects the acoustics throughout. Without any acoustical precautions taken, sounds would echo and be easily moved around the space, creating a chaotic atmosphere. To help combat this, ACT panels were incorporated into the coffers in the ceiling. Each coffer appears to be a gypsum board panel, but they will be acoustical barriers to absorb sound and stop it from moving around the interiors. This will help to create a more peaceful and professional atmosphere.