The enigmatic Vault Cafe in CP

Situated in the populous area of Connaught Place, this restaurant was famously known as ‘Vault Café’. The architectural structure of the space was retained, it had different sized vaults which were earlier used as private spaces within the restaurant. The space was conceptualized around it’s new name ‘station’, however, the client’s brief was to not use the same literally. The retained vaults were therefore named after the famous stations and the walls outside those were decorated with gold finished station concept metal graphics.

The highlight of the space is the lighting system on columns and beams. Hollow linear spaces were created with ply fixed with led flexible light to create a dramatic light feature. Another highlight of the space is the bar area. The bar front is made of square shaped Smokey effect glass modules and the existing bar back arched brickwork is highlighted with a metal framework with led strips giving the illusion of floating arches. For the central seating, the same metal sections finished in gold paint are hanging from the ceiling giving the appearance of train buggies.

Dual finish paint on walls creates an old and rustic environment giving a vintage character. Usage of brass finish in chairs, tables metal frameworks and graphics brings back the old intricate details of the classic vintage era. A pop of colors was added by incorporating velvet upholstery in bright deep colors, deep sea blue in columns and beam structures and in graphics in the vault/buggy spaces. A huge big metal clock at entrance binds together the classic and elegant aura of the space.

FACT FILE
ARCHITECTS: Aatika Manzar Architects
AREA: 6000 sq. ft
LOCATION: Connaught, New Delhi
YEAR: 2018

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