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Buck.Studio bring retro hip-hop aesthetics to a Wrocław bar

Words by  Photo by Photo: Basia Kuligowska, Przemysław Nieciecki.

Biggy juxtaposes bright primary colours with minimalist furnishings 

Polish architecture and design practice Buck.Studio has completed work on Biggy, a 68-capacity bar in central Wrocław that aims to evoke the aesthetics of 1990s American hip-hop.

Designed with a combination of minimalist fittings and bold primary colouration, Biggy is characterised by grid patterns in red, blue and yellow. The walls use a red grid with a blue background, a scheme which continues into the bathrooms for a complete consistency throughout the project.

Biggy is divided by a series of mesh partitions. Courtesy of Buck.Studio.Biggy is divided by a series of mesh partitions. Photo: Basia Kuligowska, Przemysław Nieciecki.

A softly hued pink, speckled Tarkett floor counterposes the vivid block colours elsewhere. Buck.Studio used mesh screens to partition the long, narrow space into a series of separate sections, allow for the bar to feel like a succession of loose rooms rather than a single chamber. The designers describe these screens, which share the grid pattern of the walls, as the "the spatial leitmotiv organising the interior."

Humourous messages on early-90s style neon lights enhance the bar's casual atmosphere. Courtesy of Buck.Studio.Humorous messages on early-90s style neon lights enhance the bar's casual atmosphere. Photo: Basia Kuligowska, Przemysław Nieciecki.

Biggy’s casual purpose is emphasised by its bar seating and small, two-person tables, arranged so that larger groups can spread across them. Neon signs displaying humorous messages and a retro arcade game machine enhance this sense of levity. Barstools evoke American aesthetics and allow for causal consumption. Courtesy of Buck.Studio.Barstools evoke American aesthetics and allow for causal consumption. Photo: Basia Kuligowska, Przemysław Nieciecki.

Established by architects Dominika Buck and Paweł Buck in 2010, Wrocław-based Buck.Studio designs interiors and furniture. The recipient of several awards — most recently a German Design Award in 2019 for Campo, an Argentine steakhouse — its other recent projects include the urban health spa Zyjnia in Wrocław and the acclaimed Polish fine dining restaurant Opalsy Tom in Warsaw.

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