The generously proportioned 82mq space is modeled after a black box theater with the main focus on the ceiling plane rather than on an actual stage. In addition to its function as a bar, the owners wanted to provide a space where people have access to new ideas in art and design outside the traditional context of a gallery or the academy. The ceiling plane is reserved for artists and designers to create site specific installations intended as annual fixtures revolving around the theme Mensch und Natur. The first installation was designed and built by the owners. It describes an inverted mountain landscape through the manipulation of a single geometric tile.
The patchwork of tiles shift in tone creating two interwoven color gradients. The landscape is multiplied by mirrors attached to the wall behind the bar counter. Below the ceiling, dark, unadorned surfaces are used to emphasize the presence of the ceiling installation. The walls are spackled with a blend of plaster and black house paint. The floor is poured asphalt. All furnishings are a mixture of steel and black MDF boards. The lighting is a flexible system of stage spots and construction strobes.
Project Name: If Dogs Run Free Project
Type: Bar Location: Vienna, Austria
Architects: Tzou Lubroth Architekten (www.tzoulubroth.com)
Design Team: Gregorio S. Lubroth, Chieh-shu Tzou
Graphic Design: Maria Prieto Barea (www.mariaprietobarea.com)
Completion Date: May 2012
Total Floor Area: 82 mq
Photography: Stefan Zenzmaier Jochen Fill
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