Kottulinsky 酒吧


该项目是由 LOVE architecture and urbanism 设计,位于奥地利格拉茨。照明是最富有戏剧性的设计元素,闪耀不同颜色的光,营造出微妙的光线和阴影之间的间隙。


The Palais Kottulinsky from the late Gründerzeit (Founding Epoch) was built in 1853 by Georg Hauberrisser and remodeled in 1892 by Georg Höhnel. Today, this building is protected by strict historical preservation regulations and is considered an impressive surviving example of Gründerzeit architecture.

The Palais received its name from the original builder, Count Kottulinsky.

The basement of the Palais houses an elongated vaulted cellar of approximately 350m² with regularly spaced transverse arches that support barrel vaults.

In 2009, this vaulted cellar was converted into the “Bar Kottulinsky”.

In doing so, the bar was divided into three core areas, which comply with the new non-smoking protection laws (i.e. more than 50% of the guest area must be designated as a non-smoking area):

- The Warm-Up Zone: The front part of the Kottulinsky (near the main entrance) features a centrally aligned bar. This area offers a relaxing place for guests to chat in the early evening hours (non-smoking area).

- The Dance-Floor Area: This is the dancing area, which is festive and loud (smoking area).

- The Lounge: The back area of the Kottulinsky comprises a lounge with an intimate, communicative and quiet atmosphere (non-smoking). The lounge’s mobile furniture provides plenty of freedom to arrange the seating and lounging area in different ways.

Smooth, glass partitioning walls divide these three areas both climatically and acoustically.

Stylistically, the visible brick wall of the vaulted cellar remains. The colors, materials and surfaces of the furniture and fixtures complement the brick walls: leather, wood, stainless steel and historic wall coverings are the predominant materials.

Lighting concept and light frisbees

The lighting concept is one of the central ambient and dramatic design elements of the bar. Various lighting concepts interact. Indirect, ground LED spotlights provide the basic lighting, which illuminates the barrel vault and creates a subtle play between light and shadow along the visible brick wall. Moving heads are installed on the transverse arches in the dance-floor area, which lend a rhythm to the room structure. The Lounge area is illuminated with projectors, which transforms the Lounge into a spherical experience.

Light frisbees are the highlight of the illumination concept. They are LED lights that appear to hover in the room and that – depending on the setting – shine in different colors and light designs. The light frisbees were loosely distributed with different diameters. They suffuse the various areas of the bar in different ambiences of light and color. Artistic interventions

One young artist and a young artist group made crucial contributions to the Kottulinsky.

The “Permanent Unit” street artists created large-scale interpretive structures that are distributed freely throughout the vaults. They give the room a kind of “new perspective layer”: the free formations make the vault appear larger or shorter, broader or narrower, depending on the perspective. At the same time, the viewer constantly notices new, abstract-realistic formations or sketches.

The artist Nana Mandl, 18 years old at the time, created two large-scale mural paintings in the entrance or restroom area of the bar. Her precise compositions depict nightlife in a playful, simple, and yet insightful manner. Furthermore, her works serve as a type of cognitive guidance system, simultaneously connecting views and guiding the visitor through the building.


设计事务所 LOVE architecture and urbanism
地点 奥地利, 格拉茨
面积 350 m2
摄影 Jasmin Schuller




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