Doboz Bar is situated in the heart of Budapest’s entertainment district at the World Heritage site of the Old Jewish Quarter. The renaissance of this district began in the early 2000’s, when the area became the favorite destination of the locals and visiting tourists, thanks to the so called “ruin-bars that occupy the inside of the eclectical houses built around 1880-1900.
The main objective was to preserve as many of the buildings’ architectural functions and original materials, while giving a new atmosphere to the inner spaces using various exciting design elements.
The bar’s name (meaning ‘box’ in Hungarian) is a reference to the installation in the middle of the old building’s courtyard, which has the shape of a hangar. The static atmosphere of the installation is challenged by the sculpture of Gabor Miklos Szoke, a wooden King Kong piece that is climbing up the patio’s 250 years old tree. The graphic design seen in the walls of the building were created by Eszter Laki. The venue can hold as many as 1000 guests, and our vision was to create a new type of cultural center. The squat party atmosphere of Doboz Bar is partly due to the presence of the original door frames. The floor is made of old oak, while the architects re-used as many of the original materials found in the house as possible. The lumbers of the loft are part of the installations in the grill bar, while the restrooms were created using the old doors found in the house and covered with 100 years old Zsolnay porcelain. A huge part of the furniture came from the city’s flee markets based on a firm design concept. A strong part of the idea is how we tried to create a unique atmosphere by using lights .