ZENTRAL Café Restaurant is the new welcoming café designed by Messner Architects in Klobenstein, a small village in Northern Italy.
In order to offer a cozy experience to the visitors, the lighting was one of the focal points of the project: consequently, to bring more daylight to the inside, the existing arched windows at the west and south facade were expanded to the floor, creating a continuum of the arches on the north side of the building.
The arches on the west side facing the street increase visibility between public space and bar, which has an inviting effect on the public life in the village, while the generous windows at the south side expand the restaurant area by a sunny garden, which is now accessible through wooden doors that are integrated into the arches.
The entrance area leads first to the bar area and a ceiling element serving as luminaire and bass absorber marks the center of the café; by the arches, comfortable sitting arrangements overview the passing street life and the boundaries between outside and inside become blurred.
The freestanding central wall builds the heart piece, which both connects and separates the bar, kitchen, restaurant and guest garden; gneissic rock, nut wood, and oak, as well as dark furniture fronts determine the pleasant atmosphere inside.
Wood ceiling and floor connect the bar with the restaurant; the lamps are drafted and fabricated by the designer Antoinette Bader and in the restaurant area the positions of the light spots can vary through the rails in the ceiling.
The result is a sophisticated and welcoming environment where you can relax and have a coffee at the end of the day.
Photography is by Oliver Jaist.