Fleischerei Bar, Leipzig 2012, image © photographiedepot

Fleischerei Bar, Leipzig 2012, image © photographiedepot

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this work is dedicated to Rick Zumbrun

Fleischerei Bar Leipzig
interior design Michael Grzesiak, 2012
for Hotel Seeblick Leipzig


A century old butchers shop is transformed into a bar. Cows, pigs and sheep look down from the reverse painted glas panels into the all over ornamentally tiled »Fleischerei Bar«. The interior design tries to preserve the charme and patina of the already aesthetically dense space with its original Villeroy & Boch ceramic tiles. The massive oak tiled bar as the centerpiece picks up the prevailing square theme. The long bench covered with laths of ash was integrated as a pure linear form along the main wall. The wooden elements break with the cold butchery atmosphere turning it into a pleasant environment to eat, drink and stay.

The overload of forms, ornaments and colors of the existing are predominant to the space. I wanted the »new« elements to be kind of timeless, so in 20 years one could think that the »new« interior could be from the seventies or of that exact time. One should not clearly be able to date the design through its aesthetic. But the new should be clear minimal forms and strong statements. The bench is inspired by old train benches but you do not see any construction, the bar reinterprets the tile theme. To embrace the new elements they are all out of different wood types. Oak for the Bar, ash for the bench, pear for the platform and colored resin coated plywood for the rear of the bar.

All wall, floor and ceiling surfaces were old, nothing was »restored«, it was left the way it was there after a century. It was just profoundly cleaned. The new additions are the wooden elements: the back of the bar, the bar, the platform, and the bench.

There were mainly two challenges, one was to change the purpose of the space as a cold tiled butchers shop into a  place for people to feel cosy, wanting to spend time there. I guess it was never heated before. First time I went there, it was mid january and the temperature was arctic. Now the bench is heated and the platform insulated from cold from below. Wood is a warm material to touch. And the other challenge was to still add something strong and unique to the already existing aesthetic overload of ornamented tiles, reverse glass paintings and flooring ornaments.

It was a spontaneous idea and a humorous thought what would happen if I added new tiles to the existing. And then the idea became more and more serious and it ended up being realized. I wanted to add elements that were strong and pure designs without competing against the existing, but with strong characters. All elements were made out of wood to be in contrast with the existing and to come up with warm surfaces. All the new elements are the surfaces of contact of the attendants. And I am a fan of patina, I like if materials show their age and still look good. All the surfaces are »open«, they are oiled and not varnished, so you can really feel, smell and see the character of the wood.

Eine über hundert Jahre alte Fleischerei wird Bar. Die neuen Einbauten aus verschiedenen Holzarten versuchen eine eigene neue Formansprache mit denkmalgeschütztem Interieur zu verbinden.

Der Entwurf stellt mit seinen Einbauten in verschiedenen Formen und Holzarten der bestehenden ästhetischen DIchte aus Kacheln, Kassettierungen und bunter Glasdecke eine neue reduzierte Materialität gegenüber. Das Holz bricht die kalte Anmutung des gekachelten Raums und bietet dem Besucher warme Berührungsflächen aus Holz in Eiche, Esche und Birne. Der lange Tresen ist mit gleich grossen Eichenkacheln verschiedener Stärken vertäfelt, die lange Sitzbank besteht aus einer linearen Eschenlattung und das Podest ist mit Birnenparkett gedeckt. Das Sideboard hinter der Bar ist aus dunkelroten Melaminharzplatten gefertigt, es setzt dem grün der Ornamentfliesen und den Schwarz gefliesten Kassettierungen einen angenehm warmen und leichten Farbton entgegen. Die schwarze Bestuhlung nimmt das Schwarz der Kassettierungen wieder auf.