Aula Bar

Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Client – Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Date of Completion – 2009

The Aula Bar occupies a once neglected basement of a listed building designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. Forming the main college bar, and providing a venue for fortnightly bops as well as many other events, the Aula Bar is of a contemporary design: the counter has a reflective blue glass surface with a discreet lighting source above a heavyweight textured concrete base, and the bar area provides fixed seating in the form of banquettes on low raised platforms.

A new dance area, with a small stage for DJs or musicians ordered around existing high-level windows, is visible from the bar. An acoustic folding partition allows this space, the Crescent Room, to be used separately for seminars while the bar remains open.­ A new lift allows for disabled access and refurbished lavatories includes facilities for less able persons as well as for bar staff. Finishes are simple and robust with special effects created by lighting.


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