Situated in the prominent West Walk development in Alwaab, a local neighbourhood in mainland Doha, Juno is an Italo-American Bistro designed by Rawan Muqaddas and Selma Akkari. Drawing inspiration from the timeless Italian establishment and the iconic American diner, Juno’s interior evokes a warm and welcoming atmosphere that combines materials and elements reminiscent of both culinary worlds.
Upon entering Juno, customers are greeted by a grand facade that welcomes an abundance of light into the interior. Bi-fold windows were thoughtfully introduced to establish a seamless connection between the interior and exterior during cooler months, offering a holistic and relaxed feel. Subtle curves then guide the flow of movement within the restaurant floor, carefully set against subtly textured plastered walls.
The initial challenge was for the space to achieve a cosy and inviting feel despite the imposing double-height ceiling occupying the front half of the restaurant. Through the definition of volumes, the duo deployed a grander architectural element to frame and celebrate the diverse characteristics of the space.
The introduction of a classic glass block tucked behind the staircase reveals glimpses of the flow—from food preparation to service in the back-of-house areas. While simultaneously integrated into the broader warm wood volume, the pizza bar and service area are placed under the mezzanine level. Warm timber cladding was chosen as an ode to the traditional restaurant environments, giving the space a retro charm.
Rawan and Selma curated a refined combination of materials that come together to create contrast and give the space a playful character. The floor, boldly made of large terrazzo marble chips cast in dark grey is uncomplicated yet daring in its presence. The banquettes discreetly hug the colourful tables only at the ends directing the gaze over to the sun-drenched facade.
The tabletops, in a high gloss of yellow and peach are edged by bright chrome, a nod to the iconic aesthetics found in old-school diners. This neo-diner approach extends to the selection of furniture and cutlery, with wooden chairs by Verges adorning the tables and custom plates bearing the Juno logo.
Juno is set to become an essential local spot offering an all-day dining experience through its warm ambience and enjoyable culinary offering.
[Images courtesy of Rawan Muqaddas & Selma Akkari. Photography by Oculis Project.]