The Cat and Mouse Beer Bar and Concept shop is the newest inventive room in the heart of Kapana (practically signifies The Trap) – the brand new inventive quarter in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria in the place the place a century in the past the outdated craftsmen-district was. The location is positioned in the one hundred-many years old 3-storey property, one particular of the many in this element, which are characterized by little front and minimum floor dimension. The gross region is just 20 m2 per floor, and the bar is positioned only on the 1st ground degree.



The consumer essential for a easy beer retailer, but studio 8 ½ went past and designed a place for degustation of the hundreds of Belgium beers, as nicely as a spot to meet and chat with other beer-lovers in a easy and cozy property environment. At the same time, the bar functions as a showroom of local’s craftsman layout furnishings in which absolutely everyone can investigate diverse resources and knowledge unforgettable design and style experience.


The most frequent materials in the interior that underline the cozy feeling are plywood and all-natural wood. At the same time, they are in contrast with the non-painted steel/metal elements, black walls, and ceiling, as well as exposed old brick-wall, element of the unique building of the constructing. Unique emphasis is put on steel as an industrial materials – it can be witnessed in the ‘invisible’ parapet created of metal wires, the copper tubes running along the walls and the true traps utilized as an accent on the lamps hanging above the bar, etc.


Six months following opening the first portion of the bar the owners acquired the chance to rent the neighboring space and to connect it with the current one. A ‘door’ has been created between the two rooms, and we had been seeking to develop a organic contrast between the two elements with respect to the old common architectural vision. At the identical time, our major goal was to protect space’s identity and making it a single united complex room with the previous intervention. The lovely old plasters on the walls that were discovered throughout the building approach have influenced our design and style method and have modified nearly totally the first thought. As a end result and we manufactured brain-storming on a new notion, in the center of which was the current wall finishing.



The outdated flooring is virtually completely kept right after refurbishing and changing portion of it with gray-colored tiles as properly. The new lighting hangs close to the discovered on the development site previous steel nets, which are normally employed as a supporting unit for concrete performs. The tables are created of steel profiles with marble tops. Half of the chairs are taken from previous colleges, the place they were abandoned as needless objects. They are totally covered by the authentic pupil scribbles and names of bands and local football teams, which only underlines the searched contrast amongst new and old. All the employed supplies give respect to the recollections of the location and brings them back to existence a single a lot more time nowadays.



The concept and design of the interior are created by studio eight ½, nicely identified for the usage of organic factors – all the materials are proven in their organic attractiveness, with no covering or hiding the authentic surfaces and finishing. All the lighting and furnishings, except the bar stools and chairs, are created and made by studio 8 ½ Exciting minute is that in this task the architect became graphic designers as properly, creating the logo of the bar as well.



Neither the minimum gross floor dimension, nor the little spending budget are a barrier, but on the contrary – an chance for the studio to display its philosophy about the interior and merchandise design and style. The whole undertaking is designed to show 1 contemporary vision about new areas in outdated districts of craftsmen and to develop 1 modern day space in the historical center of the eight 000 many years previous and nonetheless residing city of Plovdiv, a place that could match in every contemporary searching city close to the planet. A spot that is open to the long term of the hectic everyday round of the huge cities by its simplicity and


studio eight one/2’s |CON|Short-term Library has been picked as a winner in the Architizer A+ Awards 2013

Concept and Design and style by: studio eight ½ (April (Portion 01)/October (Component 02) 2015) Photography: Dinko Mitev Spot: twenty.00 m2 Portion 01 + 20.00 m2 Element 02 Area: City of Plovdiv, Bulgaria “Hristo Dyukmedzhiev” Str. No. 14





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