The barbershop HERO is located along Jewish Street in Bratislava, on the ground level of a functionalist apartment complex. The architects were approached by the client with a request for a specific interior concept, one which corresponds well with the life philosophy of the barbers who work in this space.
Prior to the renovation, the space belonged to a popular Old Town cafe but was not being maintained properly. The first step, therefore, was the removal of the many building layers, varnish and interior changes which build up over the many years of its functioning.
The intention of the architects was to restore the former elegance of the space by means of simplifying and unifying the interior surfaces. In terms of materiality, the space blends the bare concrete ceiling, the cement screed covered walls and the self-levelling cement floor. The surfaces are left exposed, only treated with a colourless paint coat.
The spatial disposition is ideal for the barbershop typology, no changes were made to the layout except for the insertion of a black box with the storage space and restroom. The barber chairs on the left run parallel with the wall-mounted shell system for product display on the right.
The oak furnishing is complemented by the raw steel supports. The interior concept is set as a ‘traditionally’ masculine with pure and rough materials. The décor, hand-picked by the client, is reminiscent of the ‘American barbershop’ ideal.
The space serves as both, a barbershop and a shop with barber supplies. The lighting choice reflects that with a layered combination of spot lights for products at display but also strong diffused lighting needed for the precise barber work.
authors _ Filip Marčák, Andrej Olah
location _ Bratislava, Staré Mesto
year _ 2017
area _ 39 m2
photo _ © Nora a Jakub
status _ built
type _ public interior, barbershop, reconstruction