This airy, prefab bar was a perfect visual representation for the adventurous Argentinian outdoor and lifestyle brand.
Built for a Brand
Facu Fernandez and his colleagues Nati Lucero and Maxi Ciovich built Refugio for Camping, a culinary concern that wanted a space that reflected its focus on local beer and wine and the outdoor lifestyle. With its small footprint, garden of plants and transparent exterior, the Refugio project captured that sense of openness, versatility and abandon. It Met added a dozen custom tables to complete the casual outdoor space.
A Portable Bar
A series of five big metal rings linked by a four longitudinal beams forms the skeleton of the structure, built in studio and assembles on site. Clad in transparent sinusoidal polycarbonate sheets and filled with furniture crafted by the trio from guatambu hardwood panels, it can be easily disassembled, transported and then assembled again. There are plans to build additional mobile structures similar to Refugio, as well as commercial displays and more furniture, but at the moment, the multidisciplinary It Met is content to sit behind the bar’s three taps and take it all in.
A Green Lantern on the Rooftop
“We wanted to create a place that could embrace the frantic dynamics of a bar in a natural environment, but without loosing touch with the technical details,” says architect Facu Fernandez. “In the end, it's just a metal structure with big wooden boxes and plants growing all around it, a big green lantern on the roof of a building.”
The structure's clear frame and adjustable sides makes it ideal for taking advantage of warm summer weather.
It Met Estudio is already working on similar outdoor structures, focusing on more flexible arrangements for portability.