At Gamsei" ingredients for cocktails, are either wildly foraged by the staff or grown by local artesian farmers, thus reestablishing a connection with local products, region and culture "– Gamsei is envisioned as an antidote to the globalization of cocktail bars.
At Buero Wagner we wanted the bar interior, to be a continuation of this philosophy – We took inspiration from the ambience of Bavarian beer culture and craftsmanship. That’s why we used extensively wood and lattice .To make the concept more visible we displayed all ingredients like dried flowers, herbs, self-made liqueurs and essences in a wooden built-in cupboard and in white ceramic bottles, hanging from the ceiling.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Gamsei - a cocktailbar rethought
When owner and head bartender Matthew Bax opened Gamsei 2013 in Munich's trendy neighbourhood Glockenbach, he introduced hyper-localism to a field of practice which had till then been mainly confined to the food scene. At Gamsei, ingredients for cocktails like Lavender Drunk Bee and Frühlingserwachen, are either wildly foraged by Bax and his team or grown by local artesian farmers, thus reestablishing a connection with local products, region and culture and offering something that is unique in its kind. Bax, an Australian artist and founder of three bars, envisioned his fourth as an antidote to the globalization of cocktail bars; why drink the very same cocktail in every bar you go to in the world? Why not experience the excitement of the new when sipping a cocktail?
The bar interior, designed by Fabian A. Wagner of Buero Wagner and Andreas Kreft, is a clear continuation of this philosophy – looking for new configurations whilst paying a tribute to the local Bavarian culture and craftsmanship. The ambience of a Bavarian beer hall has been applied to the 40m² interior through amphitheater-style benches against opposing walls thus eliminating the common separation of bartender and guest. Here interaction is key and everybody has a first row seat. From either tribune guests enjoy a view onto the two centrally placed bars and follow how Bax and his team mix, shake and stir up the cocktails. Also the bars have been stripped of all boundaries: workspace and bar are one. Dried flowers, herbs and leaves are stored and displayed in a wooden built-in cupboard that stretches the full length of the back wall; Besides ingredients, also the coffee machine and even the doors to the bathrooms and laboratory are seamlessly integrated and can be flexibly displayed or disguised behind lattices. Tribunes, bars and cupboards are made of solid oak with a natural oil finish. White ceramic bottles, containing self-made liqueurs, syrups and essences, are suspended from a black steel mesh attached to the ceiling. In-between light bulbs make for a reduced lighting scheme by night.
Just like Bax’s cocktail ingredients, the architects procured all materials such as wood, steel and ceramics (custom-made by Gefäß & Objekt, Bachern) locally, and worked in close collaboration with local carpenters and manufacturers to produce custom-made solutions.
Gamsei is a wholly integrated concept that turns the event of drinking a cocktail into a novel experience. The refreshing take on the cocktail bar extends further: bartenders, dressed in uniform leather aprons, serve their guests an amuse-gueule, such as “Biersand”, after taking their coats upon entering, and the tribunes on either side - allow for sports broadcasts.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
In Buero Wagner we wanted to rethink the spatial concept of the cocktail bar itself. Through the step-style oak-benches and the arrangement of the bars we were trying to eliminate the common separation of bartender and guest. In Gamsei interaction is key and everybody has a first row seat. From either tribune guests enjoy a view onto the two centrally placed bars and follow how Bax and his team mix, shake and stir up the cocktails. Also the bars have been stripped of all boundaries: they are open on both sides and the commonly raised part for guests leaving their empty glasses is absent; workspace and bar are one. In Gamsei there are no restrictions for the guests – everybody shares the same space. All secondary rooms are hidden away in the walk in closet. During the Summer-month the Bar space can be extended in to the streetscape and vice versa by opening the facade.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Design and research process started in September 2012 in Munich – The interior was completed in April 2013. Since the opening of Gamsei the Bar won prices at the Mixology Bar Awards 2014 and was widely published in lifestyle magazines as well as in design magazines like dezeen or Wallpaper.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Floor: concrete screed
Wall: oak shelving /plaster
Ceiling: steel mesh / oak beams
Lighting: bare bulbs
Other features: amphitheater-style benches/ walk-in wall cupboard
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Area: 40 sqm
capacity: 25 Pax
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In Buero Wagner we always do a lot of research before we start a project – and we always involve the client and experts as much as possible in the whole process. With this kind of integrated method we think to be able to serve the client’s needs best while keeping a high design standard. We approach all design phases - from the first analysis to construction – material and detail are same important to us as concept. We like our designs to be simple and functional. At the same time we are trying to show the beauty of nature’s imperfection through the use of material.
Whilst designing Gamsei it was extremely demanding to follow the hyper local concept. We needed much more time to source materials, and find local partners as in any other project. The building itself which host the bar is from the 19th century so we had the common problems with historic building fabric.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Wagner Fabian A. and Kreft Andreas
Image 1: Photographer Jann Averwerser, Gamsei, 2013
Image 2: Photographer S. Schels, Gamsei, 2013
Image 3: Photographer S. Schels, Gamsei, 2013
Image 4: Photographer S. Schels, Gamsei, 2013