New FRAME book – Night Fever 6 – Hospitality Design – Berlin Bar, Moscow

»»thi­lo reich trans­fers the pub­lic space of the ger­man cap­i­tal to a moscow interior«

»»the venue nar­rates traces from berlin’s pub­lic spaces into moscow through con­crete cast­ings of pavements«

»»moscow – The dark and inti­mate inte­ri­or of Berlin Bar by archi­tect Thi­lo Reich is a ‘rad­i­cal yet poet­ic trans­la­tion’ of the Ger­man cap­i­tal into the heart of Moscow. The venue nar­rates traces of Berlin’s streets through con­crete cast­ings of pave­ments tak­en by the archi­tect him­self from places that relate to the his­to­ry of the two coun­tries: the side walk in front of Café Moskau; the for­mer demar­ca­tion line between the Russ­ian and the Amer­i­can sec­tors; Glienick­er Brück; and the dis­trict of Char­lot­ten­burg, which tra­di­tion­al­ly has a large Russ­ian pop­u­la­tion. In addi­tion, actu­al Berlin paving stones are repur­posed through­out the scheme as table tops and wall cladding. ‘As a side effect,’ Reich explains, ‘the ver­ti­cal­ly-posi­tioned ground plates of the bar cite the pre­fab build­ings that dom­i­nate Berlin’s cityscape and the artis­tic reliefs often found on facades and foy­ers of social­ist archi­tec­ture’. The con­cept con­tin­ues through oth­er ele­ments of the inte­ri­or, includ­ing the sub­struc­tures of the brown leather beer bench­es that are an inte­gral part of Berlin’s streetscape. Yet its most strik­ing fea­ture might be the ethe­re­al light­ing fix­tures. Seem­ing­ly flow­ing bands of light, the lamps are actu­al­ly made up of mod­ules from for­mer East Berlin street lights. In all, the design con­nects Berlin and Moscow con­cep­tu­al­ly while high­light­ing the stark con­trast of Berlin’s rough and min­i­mal use of con­crete against Moscow’s often colour­ful and shiny hos­pi­tal­i­ty interiors.«

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