La Casa Del Tango

Architect
IAIA - Idea Art Interior Architects
Location
Dubai, UAE | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Bars

Restaurants

La Casa Del Tango

IAIA - Idea Art Interior Architects as Architects

‘How were you able to capture the real soul of Argentina?’

This is how the Argentinian ambassador to the UAE greeted us at the opening of La Casa del Tango.

Because the music alone is not enough, capturing the soul of Argentinian Tango bars was very important to achieve the mood that our clients were after for this multi-purpose space.The challenge was in creating the heart of Argentina in a multi-cultural city like Dubai. Another challenge arose, to combine a restaurant, a bar, a Tango school, and a theater.

photo_credit Alex Jeffries
Alex Jeffries

Our inspiration started from the streets of Argentina. We were interested in the local bars that opened their doors to the streets and created a unique scene of people dancing while others enjoyed the show. Replicating this scenario in La Casa del Tango was about turning the school’s stage area into a live performance theater while allowing people dining at the restaurant to enjoy the show by simply rotating their chairs and watch the performance.

photo_credit Alex Jeffries
Alex Jeffries

Located at Dubai’s International Financial District (DIFC) Gate Avenue mall, La Casa del Tango connects the interior of the mall to the outside terrace of DIFC.

The design revisited delicate and sensitive details originating from Argentinian craftsmanship, including leather stitching, patterns, and furniture design. Sitting at the center of the restaurant, the bar is the most important feature in the space. Coated in a brushed brass color, it continuously wraps the wall and the ceiling in a waffle composition.

photo_credit Alex Jeffries
Alex Jeffries

We opted for various lighting design elements, from streetlight lanterns to chandeliers and indirect ceiling lighting to better achieve dimmed lighting scenarios emphasizing the mood of Tango and easily controlling dining area in relation to the staging area’s light.

photo_credit RabihRechdan
RabihRechdan

Finally, an embossed wallpaper pattern wrapped sliding panels acting as a flexible separation wall between the stage and the rest of the restaurant, allowing for private classes to take place without interrupting the restaurant’s functionality.

From the mall’s side, two large interactive screens displayed tango dancing patterns inviting pedestrians to interact with the façade.

photo_credit Alex Jeffries
Alex Jeffries
photo_credit RabihRechdan
RabihRechdan
photo_credit RabihRechdan
RabihRechdan
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