Bar and Cafe - 105 The Terrace
The multitudes of Wellingtonians that work and play on the Terrace necessitated the expansion of Atlanta to accommodate regulars and new clientele, and provide a much-needed new kitchen. The main bar wraps around a central core that holds the kitchen providing sweeping cocktail and coffee making facilities. The event of food preparation is glimpsed through a slit above the length of the bar.
Clever spatial planning, and rich materials are reminiscent of the late Czech-born architect Henry Kulka (and his contemporary Adolf Loos), with his built-in furniture and timber and veneer wall linings. Veneered, wallpapered and mirrored panels in the cosy ‘back room’ create a modern 60’s affair, with retro light fittings and artwork, where lighting and furniture lend towards playing cards. Indulging the mood of patrons, varying ceiling heights and lighting pelmets allow light levels to change throughout the day and evening.
The ‘equilibrian’ pattern embellishes the extensive glazing, hanging like beads, to filter light and obscure the passer by in the adjacent foyer. A slice at eye level allows a sight line through to the bar and kitchen, and the softened geometrics of the pattern offer playful vitality to the buzzing bar and café.