La Cova Mataró

La Cova Mataró

Elia Felices
Mataró, Spain | View Map
Rafael Vargas

La Cova Mataró

Elia Felices en tant que Architectes.

La Cova. Dance Theatre, located in Mataró, near Barcelona, is a nightclub with a total area of 500m2. It is equipped with variable lighting, furniture designed exclusively by the studio, and forms and colours that replicate ice caverns. A landscape of this type in the middle of the city causes a great impact. Our journey begins with the façade, where a slim door crowned by a half-moon invites us inside.

The interior is a flowing space with different areas, most of which are open and easy to move around in, creating circuits in which people can interact. To emphasise this ease of movement within the public areas, the frontage is made of transparent glass. The project is laid out as a long space on a single level which allows for a rational and intense distribution of the clientele. There are a number of different areas: The cloakroom and ticket office are on one side of the entrance. A curved wall with an elegant blue velvet curtain leads us through a door similar to that of the façade and onto the dancefloor where two bars with long counters run along either side, and the entrance to the toilets is also here. The DJ cabin and the area for the audience are at the rear, while the stage is in the centre. The most restricted areas, the changing rooms and storerooms, are in the innermost recesses of the premises.

The clear white ticket office is decorated with a floral mural in underwater blue shades. An elegant doorway opens onto another larger mural similar to the first. The dance floor is framed by the two bars, and their curves lead the way towards the stage. The bars feature perspex ovals backlit by RGB leds where fish can be seen swimming and hiding themselves among the sea plants where they change colour. There are also large MDF rosettes painted white. The same can be seen in the DJ cabin and cloakroom. This scenery is continued through the backlit bottle racks, where the bottles form part of a play of lights, transparencies and colours associated with a glaciated landscape. The entrance to the toilets has been concealed and enhanced by covering the wall with a curtain which is elegantly parted by the door in giving admittance.

The lighting is one of the main features, with the dancefloor illuminated by two enormous neo-baroque lamps hanging own like stalactites. The other source of light is compensated by some standing vases that look like rocks emerging from beneath the floor. This all white surface has the effect of multiplying the illumination and altering the overall mood of the space by changing with the different colours while the clarity is sufficient to glimpse the people occupying the cavern and to discover the most magical recesses.

The sides of the public area abut against the bottle racks, and this area is marked by curtains, water features and arches that transform the four walls of the space into a homely cavern with polygonal forms emerging from the curves. These are split in the middle, but shaped and arranged so that when seen in perspective they appear to be aligned. The stage extends below them and is a significant addition to the discotheque, making it possible to programme activities, services and function as a dance theatre, attracting another type of clientele. The decoration is completed by the furniture designed by Elia Felices Interiorismo. There is a striking wine-coloured sofa with neo-baroque forms that reinterprets the classical style and add a dash of originality. A series of interlocking pouffes occupy the opposite side, distributed in accordance with the user’s requirements. The organic forms resemble a serpent slithering over the floor. The different areas are also distinguished by different heights so that, apart from the stage, there are also raised areas along the sides, recreating the irregular terrain found in nature.

La Cova. Dance Theatre is a space replete with the lighting, curtains, murals and backlighting to create playful effects. It has a distinct appearance and a natural charm that is ideal for meeting people, and where better to meet a special someone than somewhere as special as an urban ice-cavern.

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