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i`BAR, Bar Within The Shop

i`BAR, Bar Within The Shop

Besides the already known concepts of public space as a popup store, shop in shop, a co-working space, have appeared unconventional concepts. One of this kind of example is a commercial space which is combined with other services.

At the moment, technology is all around, but creative interfacing with people they lack the emotional side. A new concept place is trying to solve this problem by allowing the technology not be a stiff component of the shop window but allows them to come out beyond the comfort zone, for example, to be creative and to cope with the dynamic bar environment.

Interior concept is based on Apple’s first logo, which featured Isaac Newton sitting under the apple tree where he supposedly discovered gravity, by an apple falling on his head. In i`BAR, the gravity inverses or becomes weightless, creating a central concept, which manipulates the visual perception of the usual order of things. Constructions, furniture, and design elements create a visual simulation where one object does not intervene with other objects.

The new concept place is located in the architect Friedrich Šefels constructed the building, which is completed in 1908. It is one of the most active streets in Riga, where many of the offices, shops, and restaurants are located.

BEFORE & AFTER. Cafe`s area development step by step.


BEFORE & AFTER. Shop area development step by step.


  • type: public
  • area: 180 m2
  • interior architect: Anna Butele
  • team: Diāna Kūla, Ilvars Jermacāns
  • photographer: Ingus Bajārs
  • status: completed
  • year: 2014
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