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Drozdov & Partners – Café C.A.F.E., 2011

Drozdov & Partners – Café C.A.F.E., 2011

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The plot is a relatively empty space located in the middle of the dense urban development. A small cafe was built here in the early ’90s. However, as time went by, there appeared a need for its renovation.

Historically, this place has always represented a gap in the urban tissue, the Café C.A.F.E. by Drozdov & Partners wants to retain this presence of emptiness, but at the same time provide it with a new content. To this end,it was used the typology of “urban rooms” to create a variety of miscellaneous interconnected spaces. The whole space is divided into three major “rooms”: the main room with a wooden terrace and a bar, with movable canopies above; a middle room with a summer kitchen and a fixed canopy, and a small “room” on the upper open-air terrace, which adjoins the cafe itself.

Light-weight perforated structures create cozy “urban rooms” without losing visual connection with the surrounding space. This duality is even more emphasized by a window in the perforated screen. A light modular frame suggests a variety of scenarios and identifies the space within the surrounding development by means of creating a unifying shell of a ghost-house.

The indoor part of the café preserves the atmosphere of the summer pavilion with a slight hint of intimacy. A clever play of light and shadows creates a feeling of sun rays piercing through the foliage.

 

CREDITS

architects: Drozdov & Partners

location: 77 Sumska St., Kharkiv, Ukraine

surface: 600 m2

year/status:  2011/built

materials: perforated panels, modular frame, textile

project team: Aleksandr Abrosimov, Segey Vlasov, Denis Davydov, Oleg Drozdov, Sergey Rusanov

photography: Andrey Avdeenko, Aleksandr Abrosimov

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