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© / Riikka Kantinkoski


Official Project Name: Bar Bardem Location: Helsinki, Finland Architects: Fyra Ltd., Helsinki, Finland Project completion date: 2019 Photographer: Riikka Kantinkoski


The Bardem cocktail bar quickly became a new place to go for friends of cultivated bar culture in the heart of Helsinki. The independent interior concept is the work of the renowned local design studio Fyra, and its modern interpretation is based on the principle of a Speakeasy Bar. Fyra plays with the combination of old and new in a stylistically confident manner and focuses on a large, central bar in the deliberately discreetly lit, atmospherically mysterious room. Ceramic tiles of the Craft series of Agrob Buchtal skilfully complement this relaxed flair and convince with an impressive visual depth as well as a lively play of colours.

The cocktail bar Bardem is situated in a first-class location in Helsinki. Many office buildings, but also shops have settled there and offered the varied potential for appealing gastronomy concepts. The idea of Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, who already run the tapas restaurant Penélope just a stone's throw away, was to create a trendy and modern place for all night owls. At the same time, however, they also wanted to appeal to the classic after-work crowd, who come to ring at the end of the working day in a relaxed atmosphere. They entrusted the Fyra office with the implementation, which was honoured as “Interior Architecture Agency of the Year 2020” by the Finnish Association of Interior Designers.

For the studio Fyra, the challenge was to transform a two-storey former sales area into a bar concept which literally captivates the guests, but at the same time also offers an opportunity to retreat from the hectic pace of everyday life.

They decided to centre the room around a large bar and make it the heart of the entire interior concept. Especially the curves of the bar, which were covered with wooden panels with a light, honey-coloured finish, catch the eye. Perfectly arranged spirits, together with stylish, painting-like wall decorations, complement the generous bar counter.