While the recently opened VIP klub, which we featured here, is turning out to be the most interesting place amidst the Zagreb music and social scene, a similar scenario is unfolding in neighboring Serbia.
In Belgrade the recently opened Brankow bar which, in addition to boasting an esthetically thought-out and spruced-up interior, also fosters a similar musical expression, jazz concerts and a program containing quality contemporary music.
This club, one of the most attractive new locations in Belgrade, caught our attention thanks to the fact that 7 bar stools, by the Croatian product designer trio from Grupa, were used to decorate the interior.
The Brankow bar was designed by architects from the studio FLUID:ARHITEKTURA, i.e. Djordje Gec, Nevena Pivić, Vanja Otašević and Zorana Vasić. If you happen to be a connoisseur of Belgrade (and its night life) you’re probably familiar with clubs such as The Tube and Mladost, also designed by the architect Djordje Gec and his team.
Click here to check out their other work, and continue reading to find out more on the Brankow bar.
Brankow bar is located at the foot of the Branko Bridge, the one-time Bridge of Brotherhood and Unity, while the infrastructure of the bridge itself can still be seen from the club’s interior. The architects say that their main concept consisted of implementing the interior within the existing concrete structure and fitting into the existent environment, while the unattractive views of the exterior, graffiti, and surrounding facilities resulted in a more pronounced focus on the interior.
The existing façade is reproduced as a visual-art functional element controlling the vistas towards the premises and from it facing outside. A Mondrian theme is paraphrased on the façade through a filter of the main mirror-reflection concept. The reflection theme is further interpreted by situating slightly aslant mirrors throughout the interior’s ceiling zone, set between concrete columns. The scattered reflection of the whole ambience and audience in the mirrors set throughout the ceiling and set at various angles paraphrase the effect of a disco ball.
The architects add that aside from the dialogue of the space with its surroundings, the dialogue within the interior itself was also highly significant; in-out, directly-indirectly, light-darkness, permeable-reflective. This concept, contrasts and changes is consistently carried out through all the elements of creating the ambience and applying materials.
*fluid:architecture – Djordje Gec, Nevena Pivić, Vanja Otašević i Zorana Vasić