Bistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects

Bistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects

Bistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects - Windows, Brick, FacadeBistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects - Countertop, BeamBistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects - Table, Brick, Beam, Chair, ArchBistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects - Table, Chair, Brick, ArchBistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects - More Images+ 58

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  74
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Flavio Coddou
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  ARCADIA Lightwear, Creative cables, Dan clay design, Granim, Ključavničarstvo Dejan Tomašić s.p., Mizarstvo Zrim, Parketarstvo Princ, Rex Kralj
  • Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva, Tina Gregorič, Martina Marčan, Silvia Susanna
  • Country: Slovenia
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Bistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects - Table, Brick, Beam
© Flavio Coddou

Text description provided by the architects. The empty and forgotten semi-basement space in the 19th century Ljubljana corner building, which faces the riverside and a rarely frequented stairs-street, housed diverse ventures in the past, from a local butcher shop to a wholesale wine store. Instead of a full list of technical requirements, we received our brief one Saturday morning in the form of a full course brunch, where the chef laid out the whole menu to be served in the future bistro. This delicious introduction helped us understand the identity of the food, the importance of its preparation and the complexity of the brunch ritual.

Bistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects - Countertop, Windows
© Flavio Coddou

Whilst discussing the food and the ingredients used, from eggs benedict to shakshuka, we conceptualised the project in relation to the menu. The food wasn’t concealing the ingredients, but rather disclosed them openly, so we unveiled the space in a similarly candid way: by stripping down the walls and ceiling, we unveiled the space’s history from underneath decades of plaster. The naked walls revealed memories from times past, with a mixed construction of brick and stone and brick vaults typical of ground floors in 19th-century town structures. The light fixtures are similarly pared back, with nothing but bare bulbs attached to copper wiring, which runs against the ceiling and wall, then disappears in the gap between wooden floor and brick wall.

Bistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects - Brick, Beam
© Flavio Coddou

Custom designed white marble tables reference the traditional French bistro table in the form of a square slab supported by a wireframe of black steel bars. Their small size and shape allow for various arrangements of the seating layout, adapting to individuals, couples or private group setups. The thin black structures are also featured on the food showcase wall in the form of a spatial structure, supporting custom made terracotta bowls and flat plates that redefine generic shelves. Corten steel was used as the systemic addition to the rediscovered brick walls. It frames all the irregularities in the wall openings from the entrance door to the window openings while fully enclosing the lavatories with custom-made partition walls.

Bistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects - Chair, Table, Brick, Door
© Flavio Coddou

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Address:Petkovškovo nabrežje 65, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Cite: "Bistro EK / dekleva gregorič architects" 12 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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