«Love and Sweets» is a chain family cafe-confectionery located in the Zamoskvoretsky district on the territory of a closed residential complex. One of the challenges for architects was to find the optimal solution in a limited interior space. The advantage of the small space was the high ceilings and the glazing area, which maximized the penetration of natural light into interior space.
The interior of the cafe assumed the creation of an attractive space for visitors, where guests could feel comfort having a pleasant conversation and a cup of aromatic coffee. The architects took the minimalist style as a basis, creating a striking image with cubic structures of metal and concrete, highlighted with light.
The interior of the cafe is a tandem of aesthetics and technology. During the day, the interior is filled with natural light penetrating through large windows, and at night, the atmosphere of comfort and warmth is created with the help of lighting.
The space of the cafe-confectionery is functionally divided into two zones: where guests are located and a sales zone with a unique bar counter. Therefore, it was necessary to provide a lighting system, considering different functional tasks for each zone: to create a chamber atmosphere for guests, as well as to place cold lighting accents on a counter.
The unique bar counter is the dynamic center of the composition, made up of cubic shapes that conceal technological equipment. With the help of swivel track lights, decorative items located in cubic structures are highlighted. They also provide high-quality lighting of the cafe's products in the showcase. Choosing lighting equipment for a display case It was important to avoid glare from glass surfaces, which can cause discomfort.
Ceiling is an original design solution made of a complex of openwork shape, consisting of many cylinders with recessed luminaries in it, creating comfortable general lighting.
For the project, the architects chose electrical equipment in white color from a German manufacturer. The strict form of the rosette groups supports the chosen style of rectangles and cubes, and the white color is in harmony with the interior decoration.
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