Located in the heart of Gharghur, the building located on a corner of this small village has a long history of bringing people together. Since its opening during the Second World War and until the late 1990s when it closed, the cafe within its walls was a meeting place in the heart of this small village. Now a new cafe, Berta, seeks to continue this tradition. Designed by 3DM Architecture, they explain the thinking behind the look.
The new Berta represents life in its simplest form – the bond between people and the ability to appreciate every moment. The project is the personified feeling of being with somebody you know, whom you look for when seeking comfort.’
‘Through the representation of simple village life in the Mediterranean, the simplicity and character of Berta can start to emerge. It is reflected in the combination of different functions in the same place, creating one monolithic volume which is connected and allows the project to feel like one cohesive whole. The different elements of the interior – the bar, the bakery, the coffee – are designed in harmony with each other, providing a feeling of comfort to the users experiencing the space.
‘This harmony is achieved through simple forms, using light tones that provide an airy and fresh atmosphere. The vein cut travertine marble used for the floor and counter, the earth tone lime base plaster applied to the backdrop of the bar, and the oak timber structure and furniture present in the space contrast the rough textured limestone that showcases the age of the space itself. As a result, tension is formed between the warm tones of the material and the sharp but sensitive geometric lines, which in conjunction with each other create a dynamic yet calm interior.’