How to build a bar in 1 day:simple recycled interior design ideas!

I was recently hired by Cafe de los Deseos, a downtown hip but informal restaurant-cafe to do interior architectural design. The rest of the decoration was done by the owners,three creative costarican graphic designers who decided to leave their jobs at multinational companies to follow a dream.

As we started a fast track remodeling project for this vernacular architecture  style house, we found out that there were some old wooden sections storaged in the basement. Generally this wood is of such quality, that was commonly used in the past as train rails. This basement is only 1 meter or 3 feet from floor level to ceiling. So tecnically, architect Andres Serpa as colaborator for the project ,and me, had  close encounters with ancient ghosts living in the basement. Jaja, this means we took the wooden sections by ourselves.

It cost almost $100 to get  this bar ready. We re-used these sections that once held some wall structure, as our decorative bar front. The design concept emphasizes the  horizontallity of the space and we also wanted the bar to
“tell” the story of this house. We built a steel frame work structure on the back to support the bar itself, then we placed all the wood sections together as an organic design. Following, we located some really funky translucent material called  “Catedral” , that resembles stain glass designs at local churches and, some christmas lights and  there you yo..Bar ready!

Who would have thought this was going to turn into a bar?

Final 4 meter or 13 feet long bar

This can be an example of recycled interior design that follows an eclectic style, reaches very tight butgets and the most important thing,using this design the bar´s esthetics are not compromised by the small budget.

Retaining wall base now been built at Apartment Project in San Isidro de Heredia. Design by Dott Architecture.

Stay tuned for more sustainable design solutions for architectural design…Next time: how to build a sustainable retaining wall in Costa Rica!

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