Project: 4 City
Location: Odessa, Ukraine
Category: Bars & Restaurants
Credit: Andrey Bezuglov
We were presented with a 1890s Renaissance Revival building. It was a popular medical spa facility, with lots of inner tiled spaces and minimal provisions for foot traffic.
We were to design a space that incorporated a restaurant, a bar and a coffee shop, as well as an independent co-working room and a lecture hall. Our challenge was two-fold: first of all, we decided to preserve the spirit of original building while making it attractive to modern clientele. Our second challenge was to unite the enclosed spaces, enhance visibility and make every room easily accessible and inviting.
To unite the space, we started with cutting out several tall doorways in loadbearing walls, and enlarging existing ones. The size and position of the doorways were designed in such a way that a patron in any room could see the ceiling of the adjacent room through the doorway.
While updating the floor plan, great care was taken to save the original architectural elements of the space. Cement screed was stripped off the floors to expose original tiles and drain slopes, carefully brought back to life and incorporated into the interior.
By keeping original elements and adding a soft pink background to the neo-classical wall ornaments we preserved the spirit of the building. To harmoniously capture this spirit into a modern setting we introduced contrasting colors – black, charcoal, bronze.