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Berliner Donuts
  • Nomination for the “Interior Space Architecture / HoReCa Design” section

Berliner Donuts

Authors: arh. Stanescu Onar, arh. Chifu Ioana, arh. Ana Maria Oancea
Firm: Muromuro Studio

Builder: DG Construct
Client: Berliner Donuts
Photo: Sabin Prodan

Authors’ Comment

Inspired by the purity of materials and their tactile potential, the space is crafted from a selection of natural elements: terracotta, concrete, stone, wood, and cement-based plasters. These materials extend seamlessly from the flooring to the walls, transitioning from surface treatments to functional furniture. This blurs the boundaries, creating a harmonious flow throughout the space. The authentic materials not only endure the test of time but also carry the weight of history, evolving gracefully.
The terracotta pieces, individually handmade from clay, each boast a unique texture and hue. These tiles inject character and vitality into the environment, with their imperfections drawing people in and encouraging engagement. The walls stand out within the area due to their varied granulation, offering a diverse sensory experience – from animated textures to gracefully curved surfaces that emulate sculpted stone.
The resultant space exudes a sense of permanence, an effect achieved through minimal shapes and gestures that seem almost organically integrated into the whole design. These elements encompass the laboratory zone, the bar, and the benches. In contrast, the space is adorned with subtle and weightless accents that add to its charm.
The arrangement effortlessly complements the existing context, seamlessly extending the exterior ambiance into the interior. This creates an urban square-like setting where all components revolve around the central feature – the terracotta bench. Anchoring this arrangement, two surrounding walls frame the bench area, boasting two recessed alcoves that provide additional seating and a central ‘fountain’. This fountain concept further solidifies the notion of a communal space.