Victor Bozar Café, Brussels, Belgium

With the Bozar Café, Robbrecht en Daem architecten aimed to create a world in all modesty, a kind of microcosm or universe. To give the visitor an experience. A returning aspect in the interiors of the café, the book shop and the box office are the 'circles' - like the form of chandeliers and mirrors - that generate a 'kind of planetarium with sunsets and sunrises'. The choice of materials, such as the dark green granite and leather benches, and interior elements remind the visitor of the historical context of the Horta building. The three curtains by Valérie Mannaerts (with three distinct designs) are the eye catchers that break up the café in different parts. Robbrecht en Daem architecten often collaborates with artists because they believe that art and architecture must dialogue. The result is a work of art that contrasts with the café in its entirety, a counter-world. The hand embroidered curtains in cotton and wool are named 'Pleasure in Making (Curtain for Bozar)' and are used to screen off a smaller part of the café during events or special occasions. 
Client
Centre for Fine Arts Brussels
Architects
Robbrecht en Daem architecten
Program
café, bistro
Location
Brussels, Belgium
Date
2014–2016
Status
Completed
Floor Surface
740 m2
Team
Paul Robbrecht, Hilde Daem, Kris Van Buynder, Lara Kinds, Wim Voorspoels, Johannie Popoff, Tine Cooreman
Art Intervention
Valerie Mannaerts, ‘Pleasure in making (Curtain for Bozar)’
Interior Architect
Robbrecht en Daem architecten
Restoration
Barbara Van der Wee architects
Structural Engineering
Ney & Partners
Services Engineering
Ingenium
Contractor
Denys