URBAN QUALITY.A dramatic bar and restaurant in Belfast which uses an untidy inner-city site with ingenuity, and shows a sensitive understanding of materials, space and light.
A new and quietly dramatic elevation has emerged on Belfast's mediocre Lisburn Road The Lisburn Road (Irish: Bóthar Lios na gCearrbhach) is a main arterial road linking Belfast to Lisburn, in Northern Ireland. In the past it was a predominantly working class area. Over the past 15 years it has developed into a cosmopolitan area. . The glass wall reveals an elegant, calm interior topped by an austere aus·tere
adj. aus·ter·er, aus·ter·est
1. Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave: the austere figure of a Puritan minister.
2. , beautifully figured plane of dark wood. This is surrounded by slots from which daylight pours down the walls. A silvery sil·ver·y
1. Containing or coated with silver.
2. Resembling silver in color or luster: "A fountain threw high its silvery water" Harriet Beecher Stowe. zinc canopy, a projection of the dark walnut plane, hovers over the glass wall, uplit at night by lamps in the deck which stretches across the whole facade -- including the opaque bit, an iroko Iroko can refer to:
adj. chast·er, chast·est
1. Morally pure in thought or conduct; decent and modest.
a. Not having experienced sexual intercourse; virginal.
b. detailed plane of the same dark walnut as the ceiling. It is articulated by ventilation slots and specially designed light fittings, in which stainless-steel brackets suspend luminous cylinders of sandblasted glass over long walnut tables that stretch out into the room.
The aim is to create a relatively quiet area, in contrast to the other side of the space, where a 25m long bar is based on a massive concrete plinth that runs the whole length of the room and links it to the smaller volume at the back. A light slot in the floor shines upwards against the front of the concrete, illuminating the nether portions of the drinkers who sit and stand and chat against the bar. Further light comes from sandblasted glass lamps set in the bar top, and from spots that replace daylight in the slots at night. Projectors above the bar hurl circles of light onto what the architects call 'the walnut cloud', bringing out the warmth and pattern of the veneer veneer (vənēr`), thin leaf of wood applied with glue to a panel or frame of solid wood. The art of veneer developed with early civilization. .
From the white wall above the bar protrude pro·trude
1. To push or thrust outward.
2. To jut out; project. adjustable nozzles projecting conditioned air down towards people below. Return air goes into the slots in the walnut wall opposite.
You get to the back bar down a few steps through a white wall studded A wall stud is a vertical member in light frame construction. Traditionally, studs were made of wood, usually 2×4 or 2×6 dimensional lumber. In North America, studs are typically placed 16 inches (400 mm) from each other's centre, but sometimes also at 12 inches (300 mm) or 24 with stainless-steel rods which project 50mm from the vertical plane and are set in a 750mm grid, Changing angles and qualities of light from above cause remarkable alterations in the patterns and shadows of these silver pins.
At the other end of the back bar is a wall of translucent translucent
slightly penetrable by light rays. glass which allows what would otherwise be a gloomy, cellar-like space to be cheerful and luminous in daylight. (At night, artificial light takes over, just as it does in the slots round the walnut cloud in the upper room.) The existing concrete structure of the back bar is exposed, but modified by a gentle curve of walnut veneered ply (mathematics, data) ply - 1. Of a node in a tree, the number of branches between that node and the root.
2. Of a tree, the maximum ply of any of its nodes. which encloses a long quiet volume. This is raised from the general floor level so that along the bar that divides the two levels, people can drink standing up on the main floor, while others can sit on cubic stools at the higher level and chat over the division. Further in, under the curve, the space becomes intimate, with low walnut tables, and more cream alcantara stools. Most of the lower level is devoted to the restaurant, where big, brightly coloured leather sofas and armchairs are arranged round walnut tables which incorporate their own specially designed lighting.
Tatu is a triumph. It shows splendid command of space, light and materials. And, more importantly, of atmosphere and human feelings.
Box Architects, Belfast