You'll Yearn For Summer After You See This Prefab Bar
By Patrick Sisson / Published by Dwell
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Nicknamed the Green Lantern, this portable bar in Buenos Aires saves the day (and the night).

It’s a concept that represents salvation for those of us who have sweated through a humid urban summer —and perhaps an idea ripe for feature placement in a beer commercial. Perched on a rooftop in Buenos Aires’ hip Recoleta cultural district, the Refugio de Camping, a prefab bar built by a trio of architects from It Met Estudio, is ostensibly an 18-by-8.5 foot pop-up party.

Refugio de Camping by It Met Estudio

This airy, prefab bar was a perfect visual representation for the adventurous Argentinian outdoor and lifestyle brand.

“We wanted to create a place that could embrace the [lively] 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.”

Built for a Brand<br><br>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.

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.

Fernandez, along with his colleagues Nati Lucero and Maxi Ciovich, built Refugio for Camping, a space that reflects its focus on local beer and wine and the outdoor lifestyle. With its small footprint, garden of plants, and transparent exterior, the Refugio project captures that sense of openness, versatility, and abandon. It Met added a dozen custom tables to complete the casual outdoor space.

A Portable Bar<br><br>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 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 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 from guatambu hardwood panels, it can be easily disassembled, transported, and then assembled again, with the furniture forming a simple interior perimeter and giving the "box" more depth.

A Green Lantern on the Rooftop<br><br>“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.”

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 design and construction process was very enjoyable, but also very intense, a lot of hard work,” says Lucero. “The reward is being able to go a place which was born from out own ideas and enjoy a cold beer among friends, good food, and good music.”

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.

Patrick Sisson

@patricksisson

During the course of his career writing about music and design, Patrick Sisson has made Stefan Sagmeister late for a date and was scolded by Gil Scott-Heron for asking too many questions. His work has appeared in Pitchfork, Nothing Major, Wax Poetics, Stop Smiling and Chicago Magazine.

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