BYBLOS / ZAYA restaurant                            Kennesaw State, Georgia

The renovation in a food court hinged on a heavy design concept. Byblos, the oldest village on the planet, was for centuries at the cross roads of civilization. Located on the Mediterranean in current - day Lebanon, it was once inhabited by the Phoenicians who invented the alphabet as well as 'paper' from the papyrus plant. To honor this history, three sets of custom mosaic tiles of the Lebanese cypress tree (symbol of the country) line one wall and stylized papyrus encaustic tiles on the floor and up the opposite wall lead the customers from "order to cashier". Reclaimed wood from a nearby barn, recycled glass composite counters, and a dark blue on the back wall highlights a lone rear window for natural light. Retaining the existing light fixtures, equipment and layout, it took 4 weeks to gut, re-build, and open the make - to - order gyro stand. 

 

encaustic tile
encaustic tile
reclaimed wood
reclaimed wood
Mediterranean blue
Mediterranean blue
stainless
stainless
lebanese cedar tiles
lebanese cedar tiles
icestone recycled glass counter
icestone recycled glass counter
papyrus
papyrus
Phoenician alphabet
Phoenician alphabet
encaustic tile in reverse pattern
encaustic tile in reverse pattern