Electric Bing Sutt – located in the vibrant street of Gemmayzeh in Beirut, Lebanon– aims to reinterpret the Hong Kong speakeasy and blur the boundary of its indoor and outdoor spaces.
The intention was to preserve the existing 1920s architecture with minimum significant intervention.
The existing wooden ceiling and stone wall structure was preserved to act as the primary palette, with contemporary materials encased within this existing structure, creating a clear timestamp of the two different layers that bring this space to life.
Light grey concrete floor, glass block walls, gold metal sheets on the bar, terrazzo tables, and stainless steel mesh in the furniture were used to contrast with the existing elements.
A unique identity was given to this Electric Bing Sutt outlet with the use of folding chairs, ceiling fan, neon lights and the pastel green colour.
A pink neon sign in Chinese calligraphy, archetypal of the Electric Bing Sutt concept, was inserted in the dining area, transforming it into an intimate red drinking room at night.
Once the red light is dimmed, natural daylight floods all the enlarged windows that meet the street.
A bench was added along the street elevation, converting the facade into occupiable space.
The space is divided into three main zones. The bar is situated in the middle of the space facing the entrance, and is flanked by a dining area to the left, and a more relaxed -casual zone to the right.
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