The building designed by Peter Kostelov, Alexey Rozenberg and Anton Grechko has existed since 18th century – which was completely burnt down during the 1812 Moscow Fire but the stone part of it remained intact. The wooden part of this bar design has been restored at the later part of the 19th century but the complete restoration and renovation was finished in 2011 along with the other parts of the building.
The floor area of the entire Kluchi Bar-Studio was nearly 300 square meters with two levels. The first level consist of the entryway, WC and cloak rooms as well as the staircase that leads up to the second level where there are three halls connected to each other namely – chill-out area, small bar and the main bar. These areas are located on two separate structures with varying ceiling height, different construction time and varying design elements were utilized upon completion.
The bar design was restricted in a way that revolves around the fact that some part of the building has historical value and in view of this the designers wanted to preserve its essence as much as possible. The fire places were completely restored but there was no change allowed to its restoration like the original color of the walls, historical bricks, parquet design and the shape of cornice.
The artistic part of the bar-studio design was the one sought after by the designers considering that there are restrictions to the architectural design as well as thinking what end users wish for a bar. As a result there is a carefree interior design involved in the entire bar space without focusing too much on any specific design elements and style. However, the classical interior decoration was kept yet delicate intervention was incorporated into it by bringing in the Gallery Art exhibition and implementing modern shapes, industrial materials and approaches to the design.
The end result preserved the historical context of the interior design but in essence it also involved some modern and contemporary design elements that far exceed that of any expectation for a bar-studio design.
The DJ counter is one of the typical examples of modern design elements clad with ornaments chiseled from woods yet bear the same decorative style of the fireplaces. Indeed, the designers have captured the heart of a bar-studio design without giving too much intervention to the space and at the same time preserved the historical element of the architecture.
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev
Designed by Peter Kostelov, Alexey Rozenberg, Anton Grechko
Posted by JackieAzuela at 17 April, 2012