Bear Mrkt Georges Street
- Dublin, Ireland
DUA continued to explore its fascination with ambiguous boundaries and experiment with simple materials in their latest design for Bear Market Coffee. All of the stores to date have worked with raw steel and timber in new and interesting ways. For this the 5th instalment of Bear Market Coffee we chose to revisit our studies with reinforcement bar and the result is a development of our Blackrock store, completed 6 years ago.
Vertical lines define the different zones within the store. They organise the queue, define the seating areas, whilst at the same time they filter and frame views across the store and beyond to the world outside. Furthermore, they act as a structure to which the benches, tables, counters and signage above are connected too. This forest of structured rebar creates a filtered internal world of shadows and views which flicker and dance as you move around and immerse yourself in it.
The rhythm of the vertical rebar sections corresponds with the external windows and thus enhances and frames the view out towards the city giving an invitation into this gridded filtered world within.
The copper-clad counter, pendants above and folded wayfinding signage add a luxurious counterpoint to the industrial interior. Moreover, the vines which have already weaved themselves around the structure will continue to be a reminder of the changing seasons.