Bars in the Opera Foyer


Design and construction: 2011

Client: Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa w Warszawie

Location: Plac Teatralny, Warsaw

Team: Marcin Mostafa, Natalia Paszkowska, Boris Kudlička, Iwona Borkowska, Alicja Woźniak , Ewelina Mrozek

Photos: Jakub Certowicz


The context of the place determined the way the bar area in the foyer of the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw interferes with the interior. The forms designed by Bohdan Pniewski are reinterpreted by the use of different material or by their new function and form a connection between the newly created implants and the existing elements. The axiality of the building together with a quite common use of mirrors in the opera’s interior influenced the form of two bar areas located symmetrically on both sides of the foyer. The floor pattern gave the inspiration to the furniture ornaments while the existence of many brass elements is reflected in the material choice.