Hidden Fortress creates intimate ambience at bar Tiny Cup in narrowest building of Frankfurt
Seven Swans and the Tiny Cup is a high quality cocktail bar located in the narrowest building of Frankfurt. The bar shares the building with the famous restaurant Seven Swans. The design of the bar was created by a Berlin based design studio Hidden Fortress.
“The facade and window of the bar provides the first eye catcher of the project. In order to communicate the new location and show a difference as much as the addition to the restaurant, an art installation illuminates the window. In collaboration with the artist Holmer Schleyerbach the installation in the window was developed to provide the enclosed, intimate shelter, which defines a good bar on the one hand, and partly allows to see details of spirit bottles in the window on the other hand, as a hint towards the new enterprise behind the screens. Holmer Schleyerbach did fragile drawings of swans and etched these into the massive brass plates which are hung between the glass and the back bar. So now golden swans fly around the facade of the building and shine mysteriously in the night… The color scheme is dominated in black and gold, the colors being realized in a variety of surfaces and materials. In the upper floor two wooden wall panels with engraved swan images were found on location and kept as a reminiscence to the building. These wooden panels, being realized in the two corresponding colors natural light wood and black, were purposely restored and integrated into the new interior. Taken from here, the entire furniture in the space is an arrangement from materials and shapes, which correspond naturally with each other and provide the needed functionality. The bar obviously is the main object here, it defines and structures the room without dominating it. Seen from the barkeepers side, it houses in maximized perfection an fully equipped cocktail station, including an automated glass rinsing machine, 2 ice boxes (for ice and glasses) and 2 refrigerators. Seen from the guests side the bar counter provides the calm atmosphere and the relaxed functions of a perfect guest area. Including the stand-up zone at the opposing wall, the barstools and the upholstered bench behind the counter, the room provides suitable space for 15 guests. In the narrowest building of Frankfurt the first room to be entered from the street level would be 4.5 x 3,8 m. On these 17m2 we created a bar with 15 places (Seven at the bar and 6 at the opposing wall) and the overall impression of a big spacious room. The limited space forced us to re-define the quote “reduced to the max” not only for the guests, but also in terms of a bar working space. Behind the counter everything necessary to serve demanding cocktail guests is rigged up around the barkeeper on a 1m2-diameter. The setup includes 2 refrigerators and one ice machine, a glass washing machine and two sinks, and proper space to store bottles, full and empty, and everything else one needs to mix drinks… A second even smaller room is located in the basement. It is used as a storage, presentation- and private room,” explains Hidden Fortress Design Studio Berlin
- Location: Frankfurt, Germany
- Date completed: 2015
- Size: 323 square feet
- Design: Hidden Fortress Design Studio Berlin
- Photos: Jan Maley