Revista

Interior design for the Revista, from coffee bar by day to cocktail bar by night.

Interior design

City life Reconversion and renovation

Revista is a well-known coffee/lunch bar located in the trendy "South" in Antwerp. Due to their increasing popularity, it is becoming clear that their current bar and kitchen are a functional bottleneck during peak times. Revista wants to focus more on aperitif and cocktails in the evening. To provide an answer to this, they ask VIVA Architecture to make a new design for their bar and kitchen. The aim is to create a large kitchen and bar area that can function independently of each other without loss of seating.

The biggest spatial intervention is to push the bar furniture into the room at an angle. This creates more space for the kitchen and more space behind the bar and the bar is immediately visible as soon as a customer enters the business, making the entire space clearer and more legible. Working with round, organic shapes softens and reduces the impact the bar has on the space and circulation. This formal language is continued in the rest of the space by means of a high wall tablet in the extension of the bar.

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The bar itself can accommodate 8 people. The bar area and kitchen are separated by placing a volume in the middle of the room where cocktails can be made and complemented by hanging racks for bottles and glasses. This cocktail furniture ensures that the kitchen is visually hidden from the customers in the room. A serving hatch, through which dishes and food can be passed, connects the room, the bar and the kitchen. In front of the sliding window on the front facade, a high standing table is placed in the same design language as the bar to create more seats and interaction with the terrace. The table can also serve as a DJ booth in the evening.

The existing materials and branding of Revista are taken into account for the materialization. A lot of wood has been used in the current interior. This is reflected in the bar where the tablet and the shelves are completely finished in oak. To match the oak wood with the existing parquet and wooden furniture, the wood is colored with oil. As an accent, the bar furniture is covered in its entirety with shiny zelige tiles. The color of the tiles is tailored to the branding of the store, which mainly consists of pink and terracotta tones. The rest of the bar and kitchen is kept neutral to emphasize the wood and tiles.

Location : Antwerp
Date : 2021 - 2022
Client : Revista
Photography : Koen Broos

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