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Smell embracing

Aroma coffee shop

Code name:

Smell embracing

Program:

Interior

Type:

Commission

Year:

2004 Idea

Status:

Completed

Client:

Private

Location:

Slovenska ulica 11, 2000 Maribor

Area:

S

Architects:

Superform: Marjan Poboljšaj, Anton Žižek

Photos:

Miran kambič

CONCEPT
The basic guideline in designing this bar was stimulate the interaction between the guests and the staff and create the feeling of a coffee aroma.
The interaction is achieved by:
• The disintegration/division of the bar to the elements of high tables which enables an equal relationship between visitors and waiters, thus representing a stimulus to communication.
The substantialisation of this sensation is achieved via several means:
• The paint is designed so as to imitate the coffee aroma. However, we wanted to avoid it being just a wrapping around the space, and to be present in the space itself, too.
• Metal rods growing from the floor all the way to the ceiling intermingle and become one with the paint (wrapping); they represent a spatial form of an aroma. The rods take the shape of a coffee tree (stems and branches); they function as feet of the tables, shelf holders, holders of lamps and the ceiling.
All these elements create an ambience which endeavours to arouse all the senses:
• There is a smell of coffee which we cannot only smell but also see in the construction elements and texture on the walls surrounding us.

• The hearing is stimulated with carefully selected music and an interaction between visitors/guests and the staff.

• The visual perception of space which conjures up the nostalgic reminiscence of coffee rooms with wooden flooring and wooden furniture in the intermediate room. On the other hand, the space is given the colour and dynamics of the new age by the collage of motifs of coffee tables and construction elements.

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