Between the extended office building of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners – the so-called “steamer” – and the architect’s own home there opens a freely publicly accessible square providing a view onto the Elbe river and the harbour. From here, a bridge-ramp construction, designed so as to make the approach to the restaurant an experience in itself, leads directly to Le Canard. The spatial concept governing the architecture of Le Canard is one developed out of the circular geometry of the building. Like the bow of the steamer, the restaurant’s rooms are all arranged so as to allow our guests to enjoy the fascinating panorama of the Elbe harbour. The “cascade”-like design of the ceiling, with its gradual stepping-down toward its central point, allows visitors to experience this circular form in the interior as well.
The ideal striven for in the choice of materials, the lighting and the colours is hanseatic understatement and the beauty inherent in simplicity. The space is made to feel warm and congenial by the wooden floor, the wall-panelling, and the Roman blinds covering the windows. We have consciously avoided any attempt to join many high-class restaurants in parasitically exploiting architectural styles of the past, be it grand siècle, Biedermeier, or Empire. Rather, it was our intention that Le Canard should acquire its specific identity by means of the forms of expression characteristic of our own age, and set itself off in this way quite clearly from other establishments.