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This involved a partial restoration and partial transformation, fusing historical techniques and respect for the existing architecture with contemporary elements. The grand door and window openings were re-established, and the acrylic paint was stripped off the walls and replaced with breathable lime-based paint, respecting the original paint used in the past and prioritising the integrity of the building.
Acoustic plaster was added in select areas to improve the acoustic environment, and the technical installations were completely redone, tidying up decades of ad-hoc electrical wiring, piping, and decorating. New water and sewage installations made a café and kitchen possible, inviting new uses to the space.
The bar area features raw copper sheeting as a backsplash, which references the copper roofing material of the church, a touch that will patina beautifully over time. A long bar serves as the café centrepiece and ticket counter with seating arrangements fitted to the niches of the space to provide an intimate and convivial atmosphere.
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In addition to honing the spatial parameters of the project, all of the furnishings were designed bespoke for the project in solid oak wood, reminiscent of the classic church benches and oak cabinetry found throughout the building. Most of the furniture was constructed with visible joinery techniques in fumed oak to highlight their tectonics. The chairs and benches are fitted with pillows upholstered in fabric by Raf Simons for Kvadrat, a nod to the historic burgundy red colours used throughout the church. This next chapter of Nikolaj Kunsthal allows the historic building to continue serving the community while respecting its storied past.
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