Located inside one of the few post-war Modernist buildings in Munich, the Herzog Bar & Restaurant Munchen constitutes a critical architectural example of how a contemporary space could still pay tribute to its history.
Designed by Build Inc Architects, the restaurant’s number one design challenge was to work with a heritage-listed building while aiming to respect and highlight its importance.
To accomplish this, the Swiss architects decided to create design elements, made of specific materials, which would reinterpret the building’s existing features.
What are these design elements and what are these specific materials?
As soon as you enter the restaurant, you would directly notice a set of narrow clear brass lines running along the floor and up on the walls, leading clients into different areas in the restaurant.
These brass veins also extend on the imposing bar and become the L-shaped lighting elements that create a rhythmic pattern and illuminate the entire restaurant.
This same material also spreads in the orthogonal branch-like lighting fixtures in front of the large windows.
When it comes to the furniture, brass exists in the frames of the sofas in the lounge area, and in the vertical surface of the bar.
What about the rest of the space? How did the architects pick the materials?
In order to highlight the dominant brass material, it was quite important to choose the remaining materials in more sober and mat neutral tones.
Following that logic, all major surfaces such as the walls, columns and ceiling are painted plain black. The flooring has been done with textured grey concrete as a reference to the terrazzo floors in the building. The bar top, its high stools, and the table tops are in dark natural wood while the sofas and chairs are in dark grey and black colors.
What is the overall architectural feel of the space?
I personally love the design of the Herzog Bar & Restaurant Munchen. Brass is one of my favorite materials of all times and I think it was used in a very strategic and aesthetic way. I am glad to see that it has been coming back in the architecture scene, partially thanks to Tom Dixon who has been using it to furnish many retail spaces in Paris and London.