Studio MODE recently developed the interiors for CafeGraffiti , located in Varna, Bulgaria. The new gathering place was envisioned as a natural continuation of the building’s design. Here are more details on the structure of the project from the developers: “We separated the area into two zones: the front zone was incorporated into the exterior, creating public space and the rear zone was separated through floor and roof design that allowed reducing depth of space while keeping the panorama. The real challenge was to solve all functional problems related to ventilation, sound and mostly acoustics in a way subordinated to the chosen aesthetics as an interpretation of Escher’s work. We created identical and unique concept that generalizes and masters the space while satisfying all technological and functional requirements”. The overall result is an original looking contemporary café, with plenty of artistic details, in tune with the gallery of modern art situated on the upper level of the building.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.