Aura Cocktail Bar by Kacper Gronkiewicz

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Aura

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Cocktail Bar

INSPIRATION:
First inspiration came from Franz West's sofas upholstered with old carpets and exhibited in Kassel during Documenta X in 1997. This unconventional use of private second-hand objects gave a hint of cosiness to the public space. An idea appealed to the Investor who had inherited some old family carpets and this pushed architect toward Moroccan imagery - Marrakesh vibrant marketplaces and villa Majorelle Gardens. In his formal language Gronkiewicz was also largely inspired by Giorgio de Chirico paintings. The name of the bar relates to latin aurum - gold and also to a colour of bourbon based drinks served here.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Gronkiewicz contrasted polished and mat, veneered and raw brass with soft patterned carpets lining the wall. To optimise the venue's limited space a set of holes was designed in the floor for several combinations of custom made big and small tables. Bringing gold into interior, the architect installed various brass fixtures throughout the space, from the shelves to the high tables and slim lighting pendants. Golden plates are also used to top off the drinks counter, which perches on a mismatch marble base. Velvet upholstered seats and cobalt blue toilet complement the red hues of the floor and vintage barstools.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Architect elaborated the unique system of tubes inserted in the floor where the custom made tables can be slotted into and set at various heights to respond to different use of the space during the day and by night. The design does not freeze the space, on the contrary, it opens it for interaction. To maximize customers space and enhance the view on the street Gronkiewicz got rid of windowsills and replaced it with upholstered benches.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was executed in Warsaw in January 2019 and rendered to public in June 2019. Aura is set on the ground floor of a former tenement house of Jochwet Taubenhaus that was built in the 19th century in the very centre of Warsaw. It has survived German bombings during Second World War. There has been several kinds of business ran in the small corner premises on the ground level of the building since then - all left some history in the walls which Gronkiewicz wanted to evoke.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Minor craft services of the area encouraged architect to use customized solutions. Arched benches were made by the craftsman next door while stone slabs cladding the bar came from a stonemason based on one of Warsaw cemeteries and are the leftovers of his commissions. Its scales cladding bar's rear wall are posed on 5 mm steel shelves - invisible yet resilient. A shabby mint green background of original nineteenth century walls was yet raised by the painter from neighbourhood. The blue walls and vaulted ceilings were finished with water resistant blue paint and instead of a wallpaper Gronkiewicz used old carpets to paste up the main wall. All this involved prototyping and none of this would be possible without local contractors.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Area of the premises - 25sqm, height of a main space - 4,8m. Combination of 3 small (50cm in diameter) and one large (100cm in diameter) tables are possible. The height of tables may be adjusted to high, medium and low level.

TAGS:
Aura, bar, cocktail, Warsaw, carpet, interior, gold, custom-made

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Together with investors designer tried to make out how people would use the place in the daytime, evening and by night keeping in mind natural lighting conditions and the downtown location. They based on Investors curriculum from other similar places as well as the observations made in neighbourhood bar, cafe and vegan patisserie. They came up with few sets of tables dedicated to specific time of the day and provided dimmable light to transform the place from a daily cafe to a bar or even a small concert venue. Table tops not in use are hanging on the walls as decoration.

CHALLENGE:
The small premises (25sqm/80sqf) implied a very careful functional layout. The bar consist of the clients' area, bartenders open and hidden working space, toilet, technical facility and a storage for beverages on the off-sight mezzanine. Designer had to adjust the set of holes in the floor according to existing 19th century layout of steel supporting beams and yet obtain ergonomic distances between fixed tables, stools and benches.

ADDED DATE:
2019-09-30 16:40:45

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Photographers: Łukasz Kuś, Magda Rzeszot, 2019

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Kacper Gronkiewicz

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Kacper Gronkiewicz

PROFILE:
kacper gronkiewicz architekt is an architectural practice established in 2007. It deals with a wide range and scale of projects: from buildings to their interiors. The studio offers its clients in Poland and abroad tailored services, experience and commitment. Gronkiewicz objective is to create spaces that not only respond to their intended character and use but are also meaningful and unique. In his practice, he tries to bring together extensive experience from the fields of architecture and design. Whether it's a consultancy, concept or executive design, Gronkiewicz proposes original solutions and effectve ways to achieve them. The studio teams up with branch engineers and contractors that make the most challenging ideas come true.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Aura Cocktail Bar by Kacper Gronkiewicz is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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Aura Cocktail Bar by Kacper Gronkiewicz is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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