CITY CAFE’

Herceg Novi - Montenegro
2011

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The restoration of “City Café” in Herceg Novi, which is one main symbol of the city located on the shores of the Kotor Bay in close proximity to the historical center helped to preserve this unique building, which serves as a vivid example of Austrian dominance in this part of the Mediterranean region, located in a picturesque area and smothered in luxurious greenery of the ancient trees of the city park, which was established at the beginning of the last century in the city’s port area.

In its essence, the project was conceived as a series of restoration works, which will return the building to its original appearance, typical for the architecture of the early 19th century, which, unfortunately, was lost due to a number of finishing works.

This type of restoration work is closely related to functional analysis, covering both architectural aspects while preserving all the specific features of the architecture of that time and the intended purpose of the building. The city authorities of Herceg Novi, realizing the value of this building for the society, pay special attention to the improvement of the area, as it is located in the very heart of the city, at the boundary between new buildings and the historic center.  

Using the potential of the building, we managed to create a functional and distinct space in which innovative design keeps up with architectural and aesthetic elements that revive the former beauty of the building. Elegant and refined, slightly “retro” – this is the City Cafè, which is ready to satisfy the most sophisticated visitors. This unique “living room” of the city is an amazing combination of nostalgic elements with modern design. The renovated three-storey City Cafè immerses its visitors in a cozy and wrapround atmosphere during the day, and in the evening turns into an elegant restaurant and lounge bar – an ideal place for meetings and leisure in Herceg Novi.

Project
MAO Architects
Location
Herceg Novi - Montenegro
Year
2011
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