Excerpt: Red Pif Restaurant and Wine Shop is a hospitality interiors project designed by the architectural firm Aulik Fiser Architekti. It would be best if you found your way with the wines the client sells, and only then may they be genuinely appreciated. The firm intentionally applied the same thinking to the interior of this wine-tasting-oriented restaurant. They devoted the most significant effort to making their work invisible.
[Text as submitted by Architect] It would be best if you found your way with the wines the client sells, and only then may they be genuinely appreciated. We intentionally applied the same thinking to the interior of this wine-tasting-oriented restaurant. We devoted the most significant effort to making our work invisible.
Our interior has to be a background allowing the enjoyment of good wine and food here and now. The interior is determined by the high quality of craftsmanship of materials linked to wine-producing – oak wood for the floor and bar counter and reinforcement bars (used in vineyards as supports for vine stems) for bottle shelves. After filling the shelves with bottles, they disappear from view and transform into a wall of bottles.
When rooms on the ground floor of a house from the 19th century were cleaned of disturbing modifications, their authentic quality surfaced again. After the impersonally cool wall paints were removed, the house’s history appeared – remnants of original paints and plasters mingle with scars left after the house was structurally modified. Touching them is a unique experience; seeing their graphic quality. A painting complements all this by Martin Chloupa.
The existing shop windows provide contact with the exterior, so crucial for a restaurant in a city centre. We designed rotating screens for evening wine tastings or private celebrations; in their structure can be seen a free interpretation of the storing of bottles in cardboard boxes. They allow the shop window to close completely. A visitor then finds himself in a wine cellar separated from the reality of a city. Yet the shop window does not turn blind but transforms into the restaurant’s big logo.