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In Schweinfurt, which has a population of 53,500 at its core, there is a unique corner at Kornmarkt 9. This site has a historic four-story building that has operated as an Inn, Restaurant, and Bar since the 19th Century. Originally known as The Golden Deer, with origins at another site from as early as 1554, according to the historian Dr. Saffert, it now has new ownership. Attached to the facade, there is a cryptic reminder of the past in the form of a carved wooden deer head, a 9 Pointer.

A local team of entrepreneurs sought our consultation to design a low-budget intervention in approx. 189m2 space. The new floor plan works like a funnel. At its point, the bar and space transition into another area for dancing. Glossy black painted OSB board cladded walls, and furniture elements give the space a texture not unfamiliar to being in the woods. A carpeted entrance helps absorb noise while giving another soft texture. Also, almost the entire space was left as is but covered in a thin layer of sparkly black paint. Cut-outs in two structural walls increase the connectivity of the spaces.

Architect: ALLEN KAUFMANN BERLIN

Photography: ALLEN KAUFMANN STUDIO