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Control Club-Berlin - Grand Hall

București, România
Authors: arch. Călin Radu, arch. Dan Enache, arch. Alice Ioniță, arch. Ioana-Lavinia Stan / Lama Arhitectura
Collaborators: Confectii metalice: KRAUTZ Production

Authors’ Comment

The project aim was to retrieve the former identity of the space (the Berlin restaurant), using the Berlin Wall as concept. Direct and indirect references comprised of sensory stimuli from specific areas were used, to generate a strained state of mind. The “Iron Curtain”, political, military, and ideological barrier that used to divide Germany in two, is symbolized by the steel structure plated with steel mesh.Up on the gangplank, one potentially feels the tension generated by the pressure of the ceiling and the enclosure of the mesh. The ambiental tension was also achieved by rotating the volume of the gangplank. This results in a gradual narrowing towards the scene, suggesting the claustrophobic feeling ballanced at the same time by the enlargement of the staircase acces area. The structure becomes tilted towards the center of the hall, generating a controlled imbalance. Rușchița marble was used on the original floor of the space. Instead, we chose to use it as the main material for the bar, creating a dramatic accent. The plaster pillars, the cornice and the chandeliers dating from the communist era, were kept as a reminder. Control brings history to life, whilst playing with dramatic visuals and creating a theatrical space that is strained and iridescent, suitable for nightlife.

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