Review: Timber crafted bar and sauna by Partisans

By Penny Craswell

Founded in 2011, Partisans is an architecture studio run by Alexander Josephson, Pooya Baktash and Jonathan Friedman in Toronto, Canada. Two recent projects use innovative digital technologies to create beautiful interiors in wood: Bar Raval and Grotto Sauna.

Bar Raval, bar at night. Photo: Jonathan Friedman
Bar Raval, bar at night. Photo: Jonathan Friedman

The brief from Bar Raval’s clients Canadian chef Grant van Gameren and mixologists Mike Webster and Robin Goodfellow, was to create an enduring institution that is also an “art piece”. Partisans developed a highly detailed digital model of the space and then enlisted the help of fabricators MCM and software engineers Mastercam to create prefabricated components, crafted in sinuous lines. Over 9km of engravings on 75 panels of wood created the final bar interior.  Read more