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Bar in Rotterdam

Bar in Rotterdam

The bar is set to be located in Timmerhuis, a new multi-functional building in the very heart of Rotterdam. The author of the building is the well-known OMA office, led by architect Rem Koolhaas. The structure of the building consists of three blocks – municipal services, offices and residential units including a rooftop terrace and a garden. Located on the first floor of the building, the place serves as a café during the day, while in the evening it transforms into a bar. The interior continues the architectural theme by using geometric metal structures. One of the essential settings of the interior is to create an environment that functions equally efficiently in four different conditions – during the day and night, throughout summer and winter. Cubes are the central constructive element, forming a modular, freestanding and multifunctional system. To accentuate the expressive proportion of the space – a 40-meter high ceiling – the installation of cubes is created in a vertical dimension. The modular nature of polyhedron makes it possible to vary the effective structure, which can be transformed depending on the time of the day or season. Thus, the mobile cube partition can separate or open areas as necessary for that specific period. The cubes are made of different material to variate the light transmission coefficient. The central volume of cubes is designed as an installation of different layers. The lower level cubes are made of opaque material, while each of the next levels becomes more transparent. One of the three-level combinations is made of wood, mirror, and glass. The cube installation is complemented by lighting, creating the effect of a disco ball. That way it is possible to control the mood of the room at different times of the day.


  • project type: bar
  • area: 200m2
  • interior architect: Anna Bates
  • interior designer: Agnese Vilkauša
  • status: concept
  • year: 2017
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