InDetail Architecture has transformed a modest 20 sq.m. stone ground floor building in Chania into a sophisticated cocktail bar. The elongated vaulted space presented a unique challenge, inspiring a design that seamlessly blends simplicity, clean lines, and functionality. The heart of The Bar by Monogram is a sleek workbench strategically placed against the facade, dividing the space while enhancing visual depth. Crafted from durable stainless steel sheet, this core integrates the bar’s operational processes, electrical and plumbing installations without altering the historic stone shell. A counterpoint is introduced through the use of marine plywood, creating a compelling contrast with the glossy steel surface, reflecting the dedication to bespoke craftsmanship. The serrated surface discreetly houses storage and restrooms, adorned in mirrors to create a sense of endless space. A curved surface complements the linear bench, optimizing width for movement and storage. Perforated sheet metal defines this curve, separating functions without solid barriers. A custom-made light fixture doubles as WC ventilation, seamlessly blending with the bar’s operations. Preserving history, the internal shell remains untouched, highlighting the vaulted ceiling with discreet interventions. The facade mirrors internal organization with a custom-made frame for the entrance and natural ventilation. Material choices emphasize reflections, with stainless steel and perforated sheet metal creating an optical illusion of space expansion.
Photography by Nikos Kuklakis