Berlin-based architect Thilo Reich’s concept for the bar physically transfers the public space of Berlin into an interior space in Moscow.
Concrete wall reliefs were created from castings of pavement segments taken from public places in Berlin, relating to the history between the German city and Moscow.
The castings include the sidewalk in front of Café Moskau, the former demarcation line between the Russian and the American Sector, and the district of Charlottenburg, which traditionally has a large Russian population.
Through an abstract stone image made up of concrete, Thilo Reich offers a glimpse into the myriad Berlin histories that are stored within them.
Unique for Berlin are the patterns and arrangements of the pavement stones that are translated in the castings, as are the prefab concrete stones Thilo Reich uses for the table tops and the bar.
The pavement plates have inspired table surfaces with fine brass lines and a huge bar.
The bar lamps—on first view glowing and winding bands of light weaving through the room—are made up of modules of East-Berlin street lights.
The substructures of the brown leather benches are made of simple beer benches—once imported from Southern Germany, now an integral part of Berlin’s streetscape.
Further details include hand-blown cocktail glasses with the same diamond structure as the tables and a mirror made of reflecting window panes of the former Palast der Republik, while large, dark illuminated letters beam BERLIN from the wall.
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