Panels woven from steel wire filter light into this combined cafe and gallery by Spanish architects MSB Estudi Taller.
Located in Olot, north-east Spain, the 6T7 Espai Cafe has bare concrete walls and flooring.
Thick steel plates were used to make seating booths, bars and counter tops.
The wire window panels were woven by hand at the architects' studio, creating an uneven texture in contrast to the severe furniture and interior.
Photographs are by Miquel Merce Arquitecte.
Here's some more information from MSB Estudi Taller:
6T7 ESPAI CAFÈ
Old Town, Olot.
6T7 ESPAI CAFÈ is not just a regular cafeteria. It’s a meeting place for gatherings and exhibitions.
It is located in an alley in the old town, with stony and gray tones.
We wanted a neutral space to respond to the location, integrated in the context of the neighbourhood. This space had to be empty, clean and sober. Its walls are a place for exhibitions, for contemplation.
The space was small. We optimised grouping all elements of the bar, integrated to leave the view clean. The entire container is finished with concrete with the same appearance and roughness of the environment, the street: stony and gray.
The furniture could not reveal the function, could not charge the space, it had to be neutral. We created a piece of furniture to be seen, like a sculpture. A sculpture crafted from steel plate generating pace and enhances the shape of space. The sculpture wants to be austere, "essentially constructive," and wants to pervade space: “sculpted space."
The finish is warm and gentle; steel was chosen with a dark brown tone and dark streaks that gives a natural texture to the piece.
The space was incomplete, lacking a warmer atmosphere, with more vibration, more humanised.
In one of the facades facing the street, there is an element, which filters, blurs, divides the light. A vibration element that provides texture, roughness to space, in contrast to the smooth surface of the walls and furniture. One element made by us, by hand in the workshop, composed by frames twisted with steel wire, and hang along the entire wall, making a totally random composition, flexible and filtered. A handmade piece to humanise the space, intentionally made to get close and merge architecture to the people.
Neutral space + sculpture + atmosphere generator = 6T7 ESPAI CAFÈ
Miquel Subiràs, MSB ESTUDI TALLER, 2011.
CREDITS Architectural project: Miquel Subiràs - MSB Estudi taller d’arquitectura i disseny
Client: Raquel Martín
Location: Carrer dels Sastres, no35 Olot, Girona, SPAIN
Constructor: Construccions Pallàs
Blacksmith and furniture: Metàl·liques Olot
Photography: Miquel Merce Arquitecte