Set in De Hallen, a former tram depot in Amsterdam west, Kanarie Club pays tribute to the old trams with its renewed design. Digging deep into the history of the building, Studio Modijefsky has created a design with strong references to the past. As a tram depot there were several activities taking place in the space giving service to the run down trams, such as electricity, paint, wood and metal work. These skills and the tools and work spaces they require, inspires the material and colour palette of the new interior and are means to divide the new restaurant space into different zones.
What remains today are tram rails that led the trams into the space to undergo treatment. The tram rails have been respected in the new interior and celebrated in the design while creating strong strokes, climbing up the bar and forming an arch with integrated lights which frame it. This great arch, formed by the rails, breaks the space and shines onto the bar, highlighting its presence.