2016 Hospitality Project
Like the Iranian custom of “artful pretending,” which enforces politeness on the outside to avoid revealing too much about themselves, the lantern shines on the inside and only allows beams of light to escape through the perforated exterior. Iranians believe that fire and light have the ability to cleanse them of wrongdoings and bring good luck. This central concept of a lantern will shine through the interior space in material use, lighting and plan layout, and the way people come together to enjoy a meal –something indicative of what Ecbatana means (“the meeting place”). The Ecbatana Restaurant proudly respects and admires Persian culture in a comfortable, functional way while maintaining American traditions and giving the restaurant a fresh, modern look that is attractive to experience-seeking patrons. Architectural elements such as illuminated partitions and ceiling components will become focal points of the space and natural elements will participate in the design to observe Persian interest in indoor gardens.