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Baixa Bar / José Carlos Cruz

  • 01:00 - 20 November, 2011
Baixa Bar / José Carlos Cruz
Baixa Bar / José Carlos Cruz, © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra +20

From the architect. For years, Porto Downtown was a day-time zone. This was the civic center and buildings were occupied by offices and comercial stores. The gentrification phenomenon made people move to cheaper zones, leaving housing buildings empty and a desert atmosphere at night.

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Plan

With the advent of new rehabilitation politics and a series of incentives, new kinds of businesses were created and in two years turned the whole civic-center into the bohemian-center. BAIXA stands for “Downtown” and its inserted in a context where buildings have a Paris beaux-arts style.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

The idea for the Project was set on that Parisian ambience as a starting point. The space was divided in two rooms with the facilities between them. One is designed to relax and have a drink, while the other one is to dance.

Section
Section

The first room, next to the entrance, works as an extension of the exterior environment. Decorated with plaster frames on the walls and rosettes on the ceiling, the Deco Style is abruptly interrupted by a sculpted tunnel that links to the other room.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

With a whole different environment, the second room is where the dance floor is located and was inspired by a Sol Lewitt installation. The mirror ceiling gives it the “Disco look” that was intended.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Text provided by José Carlos Cruz

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pepe velasco · March 16, 2012

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Arab Architect · November 21, 2011

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Dini · November 21, 2011

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jaime fuentes · November 21, 2011

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Spot Cool Stuff · November 21, 2011

RT @architecture3uk: If carlsberg did bars it would be nowhere near as cool as this http://t.co/WtRzsUIM #architecture #design

architecture 3 · November 21, 2011

If carlsberg did bars it would be nowhere near as cool as this http://t.co/Go215l95 #architecture #design

Mariana Costa · November 21, 2011

Bons projetos em Portugal, como sempre.... Baixa Bar / José Carlos Cruz | ArchDaily http://t.co/c0OMuCQq via @archdaily

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Ronique@Freshome . · November 20, 2011

Wow! This is a beautiful yet swanky project! :) I love the Beaux-Arts inspired interiors and the tunnel that connects the two spaces is ingenious - it makes you want to travel through it to experience the patterns and textures to the next space. I'd love to visit one day!

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