The reconstruction ofpostindustrial zones in Saint Petersburg, Russia resulted in the appearance ofmany places that are either obsessed with loft aesthetics or simply ignore itdespite the surrounding context. The project of Futurabistro, occupying a former metering station at Lenpoligraphmashfactory, demonstrates another approach towards reusing the heritage of therecent past. Consciously leaving the postindustrial spirit behind, the projectaddresses the potential of small and square in its floor plan volume usingbasic elements of architectural language.
The architectonics ofthe metering station enabled an expansion of existing openings and an enlargementof glazing area, showing up the inner space and symbolically extending it inthe summer terrace and leisure time infrastructure which includes a basketball court, Biergarten, green space and upcoming access to the rooftop.
Changing the facadecolour from yellow to black, Futura bistro looks like a concentrated and thick volume. The collaboration of RHIZOME architectural bureau, Alexey Bistrov, responsible for the graphic design, and the artist Alexey Kio – anauthor of an abstract biomorphic mural – led to the exterior of the bistro.
The inner space design is based on the principles of openness and the limitedamount of applied architectural touches. The concept of an opened kitchen isvital for the whole project that dissolves the line between visitors andworkers of bistro: guests can easily observe not only the cooking equipment andchefs but also the washing zone which usually remains unseen.
The limited area of the block became an obstacle to theoriginal plan of an opened bakery station, though one still can take a sneakpeek at its working process through the narrow window on the way to theWC.
The new walls andpartitions are made of auto claved aerated concrete blocks. The material choiceis based on architectural and constructive logic as well as the intention tocreate a sustainable and functional interior.
The interior of bistrolacks any decorations and focuses on its essence: placement of furniture,designed exclusively for the project and made by Saint Petersburg based studios Delo Design and Verstak, functional lightening and minimalistic surfaces of thewalls demonstrating peculiarities of chosen materials.