Biribildu, a quickly-food joint in Athens by architect Minas Kosmidis, takes the entertaining of the fairground as its main inspiration, while nevertheless managing to remain on the appropriate side of very good taste.
The restaurant’s main fare is gyros (Greek meat snacks cooked on a vertical rotating spit) which place the concept of turning and revolving into Kosmidis’ head. From there, the pictures of carousels and round circus tents decked out in red and yellow stripes became crucial references for the project.
The kitchen, toilets and storage are housed in 3 wooden boxes, which contact to mind those utilized to transport circus paraphernalia. The money counter is dressed like a tiger’s cage and vibrant lights and ornate ironwork hang more than the serving space.
Going overboard on a circus-themed space would have been all too easy to do, but Biribildu manages to use graphics and particulars with adequate restraint to stay away from a total pastiche. It is also a very good reminder that design and style doesn’t require to always take itself so seriously.