A new cafe called Abu Gosh Trubnaya in Moscow serving authentic Middle Eastern cuisine is located in a small historic two-storey building. The interior was developed by the design and architecture studio – STUDIO SHOO.
“We faced a difficult task – firstly, we had to save the unique atmosphere inside the building, which was achieved when creating the first Abu Gosh in Sivtsev Vrajek Alley, and on the other hand, we had to carefully introduce new touchpoints for our beloved guests: said Shushana, the lead architect.
On entry, guests are greeted by a midnight blue hallway with curtains which, when opened, take you, through the archway, into the kitchen view room, which is finished in handmade tiles. by hand. Where customers can witness the unique process of preparing Middle Eastern dishes.
Near the entrance there is a market with Middle Eastern products and shelves with handmade tableware for sale. There is a large communal table which has been designed for friends/colleagues companies and families in the center of the room, and windowsills with soft pillows are also used for guests to enjoy their time. The design office also provided a variety of possibilities for the table layouts of the tables in the French sofa area.
For a quick snack, online meetings, zoom lessons, they have designed spots with outlets near the fountain. When dismantling the structure of the second floor, we found a cavity in the ceiling. During research of the building’s history and researching archival photographic material, we discovered that this cavity in the ceiling was used for the fireplace. So it was decided not to seal it and this way was used to our advantage – we designed a
two-level chandelier, like a kind of link between two floors.
The walls are decorated with light colors and the addition of bold shades of blue, pink and yellow. Vintage decorative light fixtures from the 60s hang from the ceiling, providing warm, subdued lighting. Each lamp is unique, with its own story, which has been selected in a vintage workshop. Two ornate yellow arched polycarbonate windows are designed to blend in with the natural light in the home. Furniture has also blended into the space, becoming part of the overall picture; solid oak tables, multicolored chairs, legs, window sills and curved shelves.
Upon ascending to the second floor, the guest is greeted by a lounge atmosphere for quiet and private conversations, as well as an amphitheater area for various gatherings, conferences and events.
The colorful atmosphere of Middle Eastern culture was also underlined by authentic details: painted plates, antiques from a flea market, a fan and many small decorations.