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“How do you design a restaurant that purposely focuses not on the food or the space, but on the act of cooking?” asks architect Nima Javidi. “What engages people?” For Javidi and his partner Behnaz Assadi, co-founders of Toronto practice Ja Architecture Studio, these ruminations were a major force behind their design for the newest Vitrine restaurant in Tehran, Iran. As this was their third collaboration with head chef Armin Milani, they were well-familiar with his concept: the kitchen should play the most significant role in the dining experience. While the first outpost was an intimate 10-seat space, this one occupies a much larger 187-square-metre site and can host up to 80 people within its intentionally raw walls. 

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An Iranian Eatery Embraces the Open Kitchen

Toronto’s Ja Architecture Studio devises a restaurant in Tehran that puts the kitchen front and centre.

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