Studio Modijefsky has completed the latest addition to the Goudvisch Family of bars in Amsterdam: Moos. Located in Spaarndammerbuurt, Moos is crafted in homage to the neighborhood’s vernacular, a testament to the Amsterdam School style of the early 20th century. “This style used a lot of typical materials like tiles, steelworks, glass, and bricks,” says the locally based firm’s founder Esther Stam. “We tried to integrate that in the design, too, with refined details, playful accents, and a big ode to the craft of carpenters. The bar needed to have this typical neighborhood vibe. A venue that felt like it has been there forever, with a nostalgic mood, but at the same time a fresh take on the brown café stereotype.”
Red brickwork, elaborate tiled surfaces, and floor finishes reflect the Bauhaus style of the bar’s surroundings. A marble bar accented with brass, wood, and pale pink, beige, and bright yellow tiles anchors the ground floor, set upon tiled terrazzo floors and against a large mirror split with zigzagging lines of orange and red neon. Spherical wall sconces also illuminate warm wood paneling along a perimeter of molded wood panels. Acoustic paneling wraps the ceiling in woven fabric, from which hanging lamps trace the ground floor towards the mezzanine. Detailed railings and wooden steps lead to the intimate mezzanine, where a pair of corner booths finished in leather and fabric await alongside a mix of vintage seating and custom wooden tables. Vibrant tiling offsets the warm hues of the space as well.
Moos is also equipped with a terrace that serves as a bridge between the interior and the community. “It’s an ode to the classic bars, and at the same time, Moos is a bar like no other,” Stam adds. “It’s hard to resist.”
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