«Stories» is a place about people and their special stories. Food and cities and countries may change, but stories always move with the bearers of legends. Over the past year, there have been many truly serious disasters in the world, people are faced with destruction and rebuilding, and this is what we want to reflect in this interior. In the course of history, cities, and countries are destroyed, and we must not forget about the mistakes of the past that led to this. Through creation comes restoration for a certain period. Then these processes will change again and again.
This is our life, which includes a million stories.
In the project, we adopted a cold beige color as the main background for the entire space, because when the building collapses, it is the color of the sand that remains on the surface. Walls, ceiling, and furniture elements are painted in this color. The main element of the space is the bar behind which the bar area is located. The walls of the rack are built from building blocks layered on top of each other, after which part of the wall was cut according to our sketch. The final element was the destruction of this wall with the help of special devices, which we also did ourselves. The lamps in the bar area have a spherical glass shape, inside there is a large light bulb with a warm light. It is a symbol of creation over destruction. The lighting throughout the hall is dimmable and the lighting scenario may vary depending on the time of day and event. The lamps in the hall are located above the tables according to their scheme, but they are not tied to the tables, which means that the tables can be moved relative to groups of people. Furniture in the interior is made of different textures and colors of wood, since after the destruction there is never a perfectly assembled interior, we often have to borrow furniture and things from other people or help to furnish new or destroyed housing ourselves. The sofa, as the final element of the space, is at the dead end of the space and closes the landing.
Kristina Koivistoinen-Khatlamadzhiian is a founder and chief architect of FREYA Architects. Belgrade based office.