Writers Room

Transforming an old basement into a fashionable bar and coworking space for journalists




NWDS has transformed a dark and gloomy cocktail parlour in the basement of a historic building into a comfortable environment that serves perfectly as a third place in the daytime and turns into a cosy bar in the evening. The principal transformation method was, in fact, simple: to create a cosy cocoon effect the whole space was painted in a subtle and warm beige hue. There are three rooms aligned along the corridor and each of them has got its own distinctive function.

For decoration, the gimmick NWDS has adopted is the use of non-decorative elements and materials: tin cans, cardboard tubes, marble scraps, old dome lamps. Still, the key interior design element is nonmaterial: it's the lighting that can be adjusted to create either a daylight ambiance suitable for working or a calm and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy in the evening. The main bar counter is covered with roughly painted glass that is lit from the inside to produce a unique visual effect. In the same room there is a construction composed of hollow bricks that embraces a small sitting area and softly distributes the light.