L’Atelier du Miel / 1000YearsOld

L’atelier du miel / 1000yearsold
© Ieva Saudargaité

L’Atelier du Miel boutique is located in Tabaris-Achrafieh, a busy neighborhood in the center of Beirut, and is fully dedicated to honey and honey products.

The main architectural challenge faced when designing the boutique was to be able to display the largest variety of honey types that come in three jar sizes each,and to stock the largest quantity of honey in a small space of 30sqm.

L’atelier du miel / 1000yearsold
© Ieva Saudargaité

The concept created by architecture bureau 1000yearsold(1000yearsold.com)is the result of a joint effort between architectural design and graphic design, and proposes a solution that unifies display and storage in custom designed modules that would fit the three jar sizes.
As a result, the 30 sqm boutique can fit more than 3 tonsof honey simultaneously,and display more than 30 kinds of honey and honey products while giving each kind its importance in the overall design.

L’atelier du miel / 1000yearsold
© Ieva Saudargaité

We carefully chose the galvanized metal grating as material for our modules, because its lightness and reflectiveness give emphasis to the products rather than just creating storage space.

L’atelier du miel / 1000yearsold
© Ieva Saudargaité

Much more than only proposing a solution, the design also tells a story – one that reflects nature’s cycle and the seasonal work of the bees. In fact, given each honey kind is branded with a different color, the dominant color of the boutique changes according to the season and the honey we harvest – for example in the spring the dominant color in the boutique is red reflecting cherry blossom honey harvest, while in the summer, the color of the boutique tends towards green reflecting the oak honey harvest.

L’atelier du miel / 1000yearsold
© Ieva Saudargaité

The 2 tons harvest is displayed in small jars, each in its own module, exactly the way bees store nectar of flowers in the hexagons of their hives. The continuity of modularity in the metal grating itself, repeating the modularity of the jar cubicles at a smaller scale, also opens up a window to sends us back to where it all began – in the fields.

Project Details:
Location: Tabaris-Achrafieh, Lebanon
Type: Commercial
Architects: 1000 Years Oldwww.1000yearsold.com
Photos: Ieva Saudargaité

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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