Architect(s) : Gohm Hiessberger Architekten
Address : Schmiedgasse 22, FELDKIRCH, Austria
Latitude/Longitude : 47.237120,9.596346
Photographs : Ignacio Martinez
Text description provided by the architects. The Espresso Bar Unterberger is located in the middle of Feldkirch’s old town in an Art Nouveau building from 1905. It sees itself as a public space in an urban structure with generous openings towards the guest garden or pedestrian zone. The central position – in the middle of the market square – creates a lively mix of passers-by and guests. A quick coffee while standing or watching and lingering, the boundary between inside and outside is removed. This impression is reinforced by the renewed floor, a natural sanded screed, which, with its traces of use, approximates the exterior. In addition to the elongated bar made of black steel, the gentle curve of the curry-colored ceiling leads into the deep room, which is continued in a wide mirror at the end of the room. The color selection inside harmonizes with the coffee beans that were filled into the space between the panes of the facade glasses: the walls are coated with black blackboard lacquer or the plaster is painted ecru, the built-in furniture made of wenge, the leather-covered benches match the brown of the plastic chairs and the bar stools. As a metaphor for the tablecloth, the tables are white and, together with the amorphous lamp above the bar, convey an elegant atmosphere. Equipped with a video projector and screen, the room can also be used for presentations.
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