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GROUND FLOOR PLAN

The building resembles its ‘slice-of-pizza’ plot as it is designed to manoeuver existing 3 ad-poles.

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

The building houses a double-heighted central atrium with a stage for performances around which 2 floors of the bar is oriented.

FREE FLOW JUNCTION – BAR

Free Flow Junction – Bar operates from a brief to capture the nostalgia of railways within an urban bar.

THE BUILDING

The structure is constructed in steel with brick walls on the ground floor which are painted with rail signage.

RECREATING THE RAILWAY EXPERIENCE WITH PAINT AND FABRICATION

The bar interiors and facade is finished in a mix of paint-finishes, metal fabrication and curated vintage furniture, accessories and fixtures.

THE TRAIN-TRACK

The bar houses a central atrium with a performance stage. A train-track runs across the atrium towards a ‘tunnel’ constructed with brickwork. The tracks are covered with toughened glass.

THE TRAIN RUNNING ON THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL WALLS

Some of the internal walls and an external wall is painted like an express train, complete with iron grills.

THE RAILWAY PLATFORM AKA THE OPEN-AIR SEATING

On the ground floor, the train is created on the boundary wall and the open area around it is designed to emulate a railway platform.

THE RAILWAY BOGIE

In some areas, the space is treated like the sleeper bogie of express trains with the ‘train’ being created on the adjoining and opposite walls.

PLATFORM SIGN-BOARDS

The signages are painted on boards that resemble the platform sign-boards.

RECREATING STAINED-GLASS ORNAMENTATION

The earlier railway stations often showcased stained-glass windows. The same is recreated with stickered-coloured glass on one of the walls.

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Showcase 01 Apr 2019

You wouldn’t want to miss this train – Free Flow – Junction Bar by SpaceFiction Studio

The Indian Railways often brings to mind a touch of romance and nostalgia. In the colonial and early post-colonial era, it epitomised luxury and the high-life Trains and stations have been fascinating backdrops in books and movies. And even for the common-man, train journeys evoke a time of travel and holidays, the pantry-catered railway food that would transform as the train covered different geographies. Drawing from these experiences and adding another layer to the rail experience to rev it up millennial-style is Free Flow – Junction Bar by Spacefiction Studio.

All roads and metros lead to Free Flow – Junction  Bar

Free Flow – Junction Bar is the second-in-series franchisee after Free Flow – Traffic Bar; both located in Hyderabad. The structure is built on a land that’s ‘shaped like a slice of pizza’ as the architect describes. Standing on a prime location but limited by its peculiar shape, it hosts 3 large advertising poles. The plot is also the last leg of a recently completed metro rail. Dominated by remnants of urban living, the architects decided to create an urban rail atmosphere but filled with nostalgia, and in their opinion, ‘the olden notion of immediate nostalgia for any Indian is the Indian Railways’.

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

The building resembles its ‘slice-of-pizza’ plot as it is designed to manoeuver existing 3 ad-poles.

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

The building houses a double-heighted central atrium with a stage for performances around which 2 floors of the bar is oriented.

The wall abutting the seating is painted to resemble the express train. Details like the window grill are mirrored perfectly as the metal rods are bent, painted and fixed against the window opening.

Manoeuvring the existing site-conditions

The structure is constructed in steel with brick walls on the ground floor, painted with rail signage. The entrance however, resembles a goods-wagon and is fabricated in steel. The upper floor showcases its steel-skeleton and is partly glazed. The plan of the building resembles its ‘slice-of-pizza’ plot as it is designed to manoeuver the existing 3 ad-poles. The building houses a double-heighted central atrium with a stage for performances around which 2 floors of the bar are oriented. A fabricated railway track runs across the atrium.

FREE FLOW JUNCTION – BAR

Free Flow Junction – Bar operates from a brief to capture the nostalgia of railways within an urban bar.

THE BUILDING

The structure is constructed in steel with brick walls on the ground floor which are painted with rail signage.

RECREATING THE RAILWAY EXPERIENCE WITH PAINT AND FABRICATION

The bar interiors and facade is finished in a mix of paint-finishes, metal fabrication and curated vintage furniture, accessories and fixtures.

Design strategies peppered with nostalgia

While each floor overlooks the central performance area, viewing from the farther ends is tricky. Here, the architects fabricated a train bogie, in metal and textile, as found within express trains. However it has a slight modification. The real train bogie accommodates 2 windows wherein the bogie in the bar has a single window as the legroom in the latter is significantly less.  

THE TRAIN-TRACK

The bar houses a central atrium with a performance stage. A train-track runs across the atrium towards a ‘tunnel’ constructed with brickwork. The tracks are covered with toughened glass.

THE TRAIN RUNNING ON THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL WALLS

Some of the internal walls and an external wall is painted like an express train, complete with iron grills.

The wall abutting the seating is painted to resemble the express train. Details like the window grill are mirrored perfectly as the metal rods are bent, painted and fixed against the window opening.

The ‘train’ experience has also been emulated in the outdoor seating on the ground-floor but the space is treated like a station in this case. It takes advantage of the set-back from the boundary walls by creating a roof covering that resembles railway station roofs. The train is painted on the boundary wall complete with grills.

THE RAILWAY PLATFORM AKA THE OPEN-AIR SEATING

On the ground floor, the train is created on the boundary wall and the open area around it is designed to emulate a railway platform.

THE RAILWAY BOGIE

In some areas, the space is treated like the sleeper bogie of express trains with the ‘train’ being created on the adjoining and opposite walls.

Maintaining the gap between the train and the platform, as seen on real platforms, the space is filled with plants. Traveling along the rail nostalgia, the upper floor bar is designed similar to the drinking water fountains on train stations as they are retrofitted with vintage water dispensers.

PLATFORM SIGN-BOARDS

The signages are painted on boards that resemble the platform sign-boards.

RECREATING STAINED-GLASS ORNAMENTATION

The earlier railway stations often showcased stained-glass windows. The same is recreated with stickered-coloured glass on one of the walls.

Relax or recharge?

Relax and recharge are counterintuitive ideas. Just like urban and nostalgic. But both can certainly co-exist. The bar is alive and kicking, at the same time, the use of dark colours and rustic elements endow an easy vibe. Similarly, the railways today seldom elicit as much fondness, yet the nostalgia is something everyone, young and old, revels in. Free Flow – Junction Bar executes this with grace.

 

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